Echocardiographic assessment of epicardial adipose tissue - A marker of visceral adiposity

Navneet Singh, Harleen Singh, Harleen K. Khanijoun, Gianluca Iacobellis

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Visceral adipose tissue predicts an unfavorable cardiovascular and metabolic risk profile in humans. Existing methods to assess visceral adipose tissue have been limited. Thus, echocardiographic assessment of epicardial adipose tissue as a marker of visceral adiposity was suggested. The technique has been shown to be a very reliable method and an excellent measure of visceral adiposity. In this article, epicardial adipose tissue's localization on the heart, function, method of assessment and reliability as a marker of visceral adiposity is briefly reviewed. Areas of the technique requiring further study are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalMcGill Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 11 2007



  • Body-mass index
  • Echocardiography
  • Epicardial adipose tissue
  • Obesity
  • Visceral adiposity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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