Inflammation of left atrial epicardial adipose tissue is associated with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

@article{Kusayama2016InflammationOL,
  title={Inflammation of left atrial epicardial adipose tissue is associated with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.},
  author={Takashi Kusayama and Hiroshi Furusho and Haruka Kashiwagi and Takeshi Kato and Hisayoshi Murai and Soichiro Usui and Shuichi Kaneko and Masayuki Takamura},
  journal={Journal of cardiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={68 5},
  pages={406-411}
}
BACKGROUND Although an increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume around the left atrium (LA) is related to the atrial fibrillation (AF) burden, the role of EAT inflammation in AF is unclear. We investigated the association between AF and inflammation of the EAT around the LA. METHODS We retrospectively identified regions of EAT around the LA and measured the density of these areas using computed tomography (CT). RESULTS A total of 32 patients who underwent their first catheter… CONTINUE READING
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