Truncal fat determined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is an independent predictor of coronary artery disease extension

Alberto Bestetti, Diego Castini, Riccardo Bigi, Claudio Maioli, Federico Lombardi, Dario Gregori, Gianpaolo Cornalba

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Abstract

Background: Controversy prevails regarding the existence of a correlation between the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) and the extent and distribution of obesity. Purpose: To assess the correlation between total fat, truncal fat (TF), and lean mass, obtained with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) and standard anthropomorphic indices (body mass index, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio) and to verify whether DEXA indices can predict the extent and severity of CAD. Materials and methods: Fifty-eight patients (19 females) consecutively referred for coronary angiography underwent physical examination and DEXA assessment of body composition. Results: Of the 58 patients enrolled, 22 were overweight and 13 were obese. Significant CAD was found in 39 (67%) patients. DEXA-derived total mass and fat mass enabled us to distinguish overweight from obese patients (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-433
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

Keywords

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry
  • Truncal fat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Epidemiology

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