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Epicardial Fat and Atrial Fibrillation: A Review

Atrial fibrillation is a progressive disorder and increases with age[1]. Obesity is an important risk factor for AF[2, 3]. Pericardial fat is an active adipose tissue in close proximity to the heart and has been shown to be a risk factor for structural as well as coronary artery disease independent of body mass index[4, 5]. Recent studies suggest a role of epicardial fat in atrial remodeling as well as atrial fibrillation burden. This review will summarize the recent evidence linking epicardial fat and atrial fibrillation.

Credits: M. Obadah Al Chekakie MD. FACC; Joseph G Akar MD PhD

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