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Int J Med Sci. 2017 Nov 2;14(13):1375-1381. doi: 10.7150/ijms.21393. eCollection 2017.

The Clinical Usefulness of Measurement of Visceral Fat Area Using Multi-Frequency Bioimpedance: The Association with Cardiac and Renal Function In General Population with Relatively Normal Renal Function.

Yoon HE1,2, Choi SS1,2, Kim Y1,2, Shin SJ1,2.

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Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.


Background: This study was performed to determine the clinical usefulness of measurement of visceral fat area (VFA) using bioimpedance analysis in relation with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), diastolic dysfunction parameters, and decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Methods: A cross-sectional analysis was performed on 1028 patients with eGFR≥60 ml/min/1.73m2, aged 40 - 64 years, and who underwent routine health check-ups. Subjects were divided into tertiles based on their VFA. Associations of VFA with echocardiographic parameters and eGFR were evaluated. Results: Across the VFA teriltes, there was a significant trend for increasing left ventricular mass index (LVMi), left atrial diameter (LAD), and ratio of early mitral inflow velocity to peak mitral annulus velocity (E/E' ratio) and that for decreasing ratio of early to late mitral inflow peak velocities (E/A ratio) and eGFR. In multivariate linear regression analysis, log-transformed VFA was significantly associated with increased LVMi, LAD, and E/E' ratio, and with decreased E/A ratio and eGFR. After adjustment for body mass index, log-transformed VFA remained as a significant determinant for E/A ratio. Conclusion: VFA may be associated with LV structure and diastolic function, and decreased eGFR in middle-aged adults with normal or mildly impaired renal function.


bioimpedance analysis; diastolic dysfunction.; echocardiography; glomerular filtration rate; left ventricular hypertrophy; visceral fat

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