01 Nov Epicardial Fat, Fatty Liver Linked
MedicalResearh.com Interview with:
Gianluca Iacobellis MD PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Iacobellis: Our study suggests that epicardial fat, the fat pad in direct contiguity to the heart, is a good predictor of liver steatosis in obese subjects
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Iacobellis: Our findings were consistent with the study hypothesis. However, we showed for the first time that cardiac and liver fat are clinically correlated, independently of the BMI.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from this study?
Dr. Iacobellis: Excessive accumulation of fat within and around the heart and the liver is a modifiable risk factor for diabetes and heart diseases. Ultrasound-measured cardiac and liver steatosis are accurate, non invasive and easily accessible markers of intra-organ fat accumulation.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of your study?
Dr. Iacobellis: Ultrasound-measured epicardial fat predicts fatty liver better than BMI or waist circumferences does. Future studies looking at the clinical use of the echocardiographic epicardial fat as predictor of organ-specific adiposity and cardiometabolic risk are warranted.