Tejido adiposo epicárdico: ¿más que un simple depósito de grasa?

Translated title of the contribution: Epicardial adipose tissue: More than a simple fat deposit?

Marcos M. Lima-Martínez, Claudia Blandenier, Gianluca Iacobellis

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Obesity increases the risk of development of atherosclerosis. However, this risk significantly depends on adipose tissue distribution in the body and ectopic accumulation of visceral adipose tissue (VAT). Recent evidence suggests that each visceral fat deposit is anatomically and functionally different. Due to proximity to the organ, each visceral fat deposit exerts a local modulation rather than a systemic effect. Because of its unique location and biomolecular properties, a "non-traditional" fat depot - the epicardial adipose tissue - has been considered to play a causative role in atherosclerosis. Epicardial adipose tissue may be measured with imaging techniques and is clinically related to left ventricular mass, coronary artery disease, and metabolic syndrome. Therefore, epicardial fat measurement may play a role in stratification of cardiometabolic risk and may serve as a therapeutic target.

Translated title of the contributionEpicardial adipose tissue: More than a simple fat deposit?
Original languageEstonian
Pages (from-to)320-328
Number of pages9
JournalEndocrinologia y Nutricion
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Epicardial adipose tissue
  • Epicardial fat
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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