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November 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:269-71

Pericardial fat – a good predictor of future heart disease

BJCardio editorial staff

Abstract

The study, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr 2009;90:499-504), was conducted by US researchers led by Dr Jingzhong Ding (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US). They conducted a case-cohort study in 998 individuals taking part in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), who had no history of cardiovascular disease. The volume of pericardial fat was measured using cardiac CT scans performed at baseline in the MESA trial. Of the 998 individuals, 26 developed coronary heart disease during the five year follow-up. In unadjusted analyses,

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