The independent relationship of epicardial adipose tissue with carotid intima-media thickness and endothelial functions: the association of pulse wave velocity with the active facilitated arterial conduction concept


KOCAMAN S. A. , DURAKOĞLUGİL M. E. , Cetin M. , ERDOĞAN T. , ERGUL E. , CANGA A.

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING, vol.18, no.2, pp.85-93, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/mbp.0b013e32835ebbb5
  • Title of Journal : BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-93

Abstract

Background Hypertension, identifiable by elevated blood pressure (BP), is a heterogeneous multifactorial disorder. Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), a special fat depot that is related to visceral fat rather than total adiposity, shares the same microcirculation with myocardial tissue and coronary vessels. Recent studies have identified EAT as an active organ, which secretes several mediators, called adipokines, affecting the vascular system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential association between EAT and BP, endothelial function, carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), and pulse wave velocity (PWV) independent of conventional and novel metabolic risk factors in patients with previously untreated hypertension.