Relation between epicardial adipose tissue and left ventricular mass

Am J Cardiol. 2004 Oct 15;94(8):1084-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2004.06.075.


Visceral adiposity is a cardiovascular risk factor of growing interest. This study sought to evaluate the hypothesis of a relation between epicardial adipose tissue, the visceral adipose tissue deposited around the heart, and left ventricular morphology in healthy subjects with a wide range of adiposity. We found for the first time that an increase in epicardial fat is significantly related to an increase in left ventricular mass.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue*
  • Female
  • Heart Ventricles / anatomy & histology*
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pericardium / anatomy & histology*
  • Pericardium / diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography