Heart fat 'early indicator of coronary disease'

Posted on 16 August 2011

Fat around the heart could be an early indication of coronary disease, according to new research likely to be of interest to those seeking ways to pay for care.

Pericardial fat was found to be more strongly linked to coronary artery plaque than either body mass index or waist circumference, according to the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis published online in journal Radiology.

Plaque formation in the arteries was seen to deposit in an irregular manner, triggering thickening of the artery walls on one side but not the other - a significant indicator of heart disease.

Senior author David A Bluemke stated: "The findings indicate yet another reason that obesity is bad for us.

"It is particularly bad when the fat forms around the heart, since the heart fat appears to further promote coronary artery plaque."

Meanwhile, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revealed that carrying excess body fat later in life could be associated with a decrease in life expectancy.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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