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Is epicardial fat attenuation a novel marker of coronary inflammation?

  • Gianluca Iacobellis
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author. University of Miami Hospital Diabetes Service, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Miami, 1400 NW 10th Ave, Dominion Tower suite 805-807, Miami, FL, 33136, USA.
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    Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA
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  • Amir A. Mahabadi
    Affiliations
    Department of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, West German Heart and Vascular Center Essen, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany
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      Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) plays an important role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis, as emerged only in the past decade [
      • Iacobellis G.
      • Assael F.
      • Ribaudo M.C.
      • Zappaterreno A.
      • Alessi G.
      • Di Mario U.
      • Leonetti F.
      Epicardial fat from echocardiography: a new method for visceral adipose tissue prediction.
      ,
      • Iacobellis G.
      • Ribaudo M.C.
      • Assael F.
      • Vecci E.
      • Tiberti C.
      • Zappaterreno A.
      • Di Mario U.
      • Leonetti F.
      Echocardiographic epicardial adipose tissue is related to anthropometric and clinical parameters of metabolic syndrome: a new indicator of cardiovascular risk.
      ]. Remarkably, the atherogenicity of EAT could be linked to its imaging appearance, as suggested by the paper published by Liu et al. in this issue of Atherosclerosis [
      • Liu Z.
      • Wang S.
      • Wang Y.
      • Zhou N.
      • Shu J.
      • Stamm C.
      • Jiang M.
      • Luo F.
      Association of epicardial adipose tissue attenuation with coronary atherosclerosis in patients with a high risk of coronary artery disease.
      ].

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