Pericardial fat is associated with atrial fibrillation severity and ablation outcome.

  title={Pericardial fat is associated with atrial fibrillation severity and ablation outcome.},
  author={Christopher X. Wong and Hany S. Abed and Payman Molaee and Adam J. Nelson and Anthony G. Brooks and Gautam Sharma and Darryl P. Leong and Dennis H. Lau and Melissa E. Middeldorp and Kurt C. Roberts-Thomson and Gary A Wittert and Walter P. Abhayaratna and Stephen G. Worthley and Prashanthan Sanders},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  volume={57 17},
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to characterize the relationship between pericardial fat and atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND Obesity is an important risk factor for AF. Pericardial fat has been hypothesized to exert local pathogenic effects on nearby cardiac structures above and beyond that of systemic adiposity. METHODS One hundred ten patients undergoing first-time AF ablation and 20 reference patients without AF underwent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for the… CONTINUE READING
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