Epicardial Adipose Tissue and Cardiovascular Disease

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Abstract

  • © 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Purpose of Review: Epicardial adipose tissue has been associated with the development/progression of cardiovascular disease. We appraise the strength of the association between epicardial adipose tissue and development/progression of cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Recent Findings: Cross-sectional clinical and translational correlative studies have established an association between epicardial adipose tissue and progression of coronary artery disease. Recent studies question this association and underline the need for longitudinal studies. Epicardial adipose tissue also plays a definite role in the pathobiology of atrial fibrillation and its recurrence after ablation. In contrast to an early paradigm, epicardial adipose tissue does not appear to play a key role in the pathogenesis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in obese patients. Summary: The association of epicardial adipose tissue with atrial fibrillation is robust. In contrast, the association of epicardial adipose tissue with coronary artery disease and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is tenuous. Additional research, including longitudinal studies, is needed to confirm or refute these proposed associations.
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  • Le Jemtel TH; Samson R; Ayinapudi K; Singh T; Oparil S
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  • 21
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  • 5