Increased epicardial adipose tissue volume in HIV-infected men and relationships to body composition and metabolic parameters

Janet Lo, Suhny Abbara, Jose A. Rocha-Filho, Leon Shturman, Jeffrey Wei, Steven K. Grinspoon

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Epicardial fat accumulation may have important clinical consequences, yet little is known regarding this depot in HIV patients. We compared epicardial fat volume in 78 HIV-infected men and 32 HIV-negative controls. Epicardial fat volume was higher in HIV-infected patients than that in controls (P = 0.04). In HIV patients, epicardial fat volume was strongly associated with visceral adipose tissue area (ρ = 0.76, P < 0.0001), fasting glucose (ρ = 0.41, P = 0.001) and insulin (ρ = 0.44, P = 0.0003). Relationships with glucose and insulin remained significant controlling for age, race, BMI, adiponectin, visceral adipose tissue and antiretroviral therapy. Epicardial fat may be an important fat depot in HIV-infected patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2127-2130
Number of pages4
Issue number13
StatePublished - Aug 24 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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