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Table 2 Changes of MRI measured subcutaneous fat, abdominal visceral fat, and regional thickness of epicardial adipose tissue in obese non-diabetic men with metabolic syndrome with weight loss >5% (N = 27)

From: Correlation between reduction of superior interventricular groove epicardial fat thickness and improvement of insulin resistance after weight loss in obese men

  Before (N = 27) After (N = 27) *Percentage of changes P value
Waist (cm) 122.6 ± 10.0 112.8 ± 11.4 −8% <0.001
Subcutaneous fat area (mm2) 34825 ± 10493 25005 ± 9146 −28% <0.001
Abdominal visceral fat area (mm2) 47469 ± 6344 41413 ± 7751 −13% <0.001
Epicardial adipose tissue thickness (mm)     
Basal short axis plane     
  SIVG 10.0 ± 3.4 6.4 ± 2.2 −34% <0.001
  IIVG 10.5 ± 4.7 6.3 ± 2.3 −31% <0.001
  RVFW 6.8 ± 1.9 4.4 ± 1.3 −33% <0.001
Horizontal long axis plane     
  RAVG 16.7 ± 3.5 13.2 ± 2.3 −18% <0.001
  LAVG 15.5 ± 3.8 10.3 ± 3.1 −32% <0.001
  AIVG 9.2 ± 2.4 6.6 ± 1.5 −24% <0.001
  1. AIVG: anterior interventricular groove; IIVG: inferior interventricular groove; LAVG: left atrioventricular groove; RAVG: right atrioventricular groove; RVFW: right ventricular free wall; SIVG: superior interventricular groove.
  2. *Percentage of changes = (after - before)/before weight loss, mean value.