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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2012 June;60(3):299-304

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Epicardial and pericardial adipose tissue: physiological importance and role of imaging techniques

Arepalli C. D. 1, Vrettou A. R. 2, Lamanna J. J. 3, Ebert E. L. 4, Kremastinos D. T. 5, Lerakis S. 1, 2, 5

1 Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA; 2 Department of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA; 3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA; 4 Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA; 5 Cardiology Clinic, “Attikon” University Hospital, Athens, Greece


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Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is becoming a cardiovascular risk factor. Multiple imaging techniques are used to measure it, each one with its prons and cons. We will review the literature realizing that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

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