The relation between echocardiographic epicardial fat thickness and mitral annular calcification

Guler S., VAROL E.

AFRICAN HEALTH SCIENCES, vol.19, no.1, pp.1657-1664, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.4314/ahs.v19i1.41
  • Title of Journal : AFRICAN HEALTH SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.1657-1664


Background: Mitral annular calcification (MAC) is associated with several cardiovascular disorders including coronary artery disease (CAD), atrial fibrillation, heart failure, ischemic stroke and increased mortality. Epicardial fat thickness (EFT) has strong correlation with obesity, CAD, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and atherosclerosis. There are strong similarities between EFT and MAC from the aspect of risk factors and pathogenesis.