Relation between epicardial fat thickness and coronary flow reserve in women with chest pain and angiographically normal coronary arteries

Sade L. E., Eroglu S., Bozbas H., Ozbicer S., HAYRAN K. M., Haberal A., ...More

ATHEROSCLEROSIS, vol.204, no.2, pp.580-585, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 204 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2008.09.038
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.580-585
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: A significant proportion of women with angina-like chest pain and angiographically normal coronary arteries have microvascular dysfunction as detected by reduced coronary blood flow reserve (CFR). Classical clinical risk factors of atherosclerosis poorly predict this scenario. We sought to assess whether increased epicardial fat tissue, which is a metabolically active organ, could be associated with impaired CFR in these patients.