The relationship between epicardial fat tissue thickness and frequent ventricular premature beats

Kiris A., TURAN O. E., KIRIS G., ILTER A., OZTURK M., Aydin M., ...More

KARDIOLOGIA POLSKA, vol.73, no.7, pp.527-532, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 73 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5603/kp.a2015.0025
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.527-532
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Ventricular premature beats (VPBs) are one of the most common rhythm abnormalities. Structural heart diseases such as myocardial hypertrophy and left ventricular dysfunction are associated with VPBs. However, the exact mechanism of VPBs in patients without structural heart disease has not been revealed yet. Epicardial fat tissue (EFT) is a visceral fat around the heart. Increased EFT thickness is associated with myocardial structural and ultrastructural myocardial abnormalities, which may play a role in the development of VPBs.