Epicardial fat thickness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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Fatma E., Bunyamin K., Savas S., Mehmet U., Selma Y., Ismail B., ...More

AFRICAN HEALTH SCIENCES, vol.15, no.2, pp.489-494, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.4314/ahs.v15i2.23
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.489-494
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Epidemiologic data indicates that rheumatoid arthritis is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Epicardial adipose tissue is a novel cardio-metabolic risk factor. Our aim was to evaluate epicardial fat thickness (EFT) using echocardiography in patients with rheumatoid arthritis compared to healthy control subjects. Secondly, we investigated relationship between epicardial fat thickness and clinical and echocardiographic parameters in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.