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The Many Uses of Epicardial Fat Measurements

  • Mohamed MarwanEmail author
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Part of the Contemporary Medical Imaging book series (CMI)

Abstract

The term “epicardial adipose tissue” (EAT) – often called “epicardial fat” – refers to the visceral adipose tissue surrounding the heart and coronary arteries. Over the past two decades, an increasing body of evidence has accumulated pointing on a significant relationship between this fat depot and cardiovascular disease. This chapter summarizes the current data concerning epicardial adipose tissue, its quantification and its potential use as a novel risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Keywords

Epicardial adipose tissue Epicardial fat Coronary artery disease Cardiovascular outcome Epicardial fat and non-atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease Epicardial fat and cardiovascular disease epicardial fat reference values 

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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Cardiology and AngiologyUniversitätsklinikum ErlangenErlangenGermany

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