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From the epicardial adipose tissue to vulnerable coronary plaques.
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PMID:  23675552     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Thin cap fibroatheromas (TCFAs) are thought to be the most common underlying substrate in patients suffering acute coronary thrombotic events. Recently, an interesting association between TCFAs and a particular depot of visceral fat called epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) has been suggested. In this article, we discuss some basic and clinical aspects of this association and then briefly review some of the pathophysiological characteristics attributed to EAT that explain why this particular depot of fat has been attracting the attention of the cardiological scientific community in recent years. Finally we discuss the value of optical coherence tomography in the diagnosis of TCFAs and the role of multislice computed tomography to assess EAT.
Mauro Echavarría-Pinto; Lorenzo Hernando; Fernando Alfonso
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  World journal of cardiology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1949-8462     ISO Abbreviation:  World J Cardiol     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-15     Completed Date:  2013-05-16     Revised Date:  2013-05-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101537090     Medline TA:  World J Cardiol     Country:  China    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-74     Citation Subset:  -    
Mauro Echavarría-Pinto, Fernando Alfonso, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, 28040 Madrid, Spain.
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