Pericardial fat tied to increased risk of HF: study

Women appear to be more at risk than men, the researchers report

Excess pericardial fat is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, with women particularly at risk, a study suggests.

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US researchers used cardiac CT to assess pericardial fat in nearly 3600 women and some 3200 men without pre-existing cardiovascular disease obtained as part of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, and followed participants for a median of nearly 16 years.

After 90,686 person-years of follow-up, 385 participants (5.7%) were newly diagnosed with heart failure.

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