The Journal of the AHA recently published  the paper titled ‘Postmenopausal Women With Greater Paracardial Fat Have More Coronary Artery Calcification Than Premenopausal Women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) Cardiovascular Fat Ancillary Study’ that associates fat around the heart and a higher risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women.  Congratulations to SWAN authors: Samar El Khoudary (pictured), Imke Janssen, Susan A. Everson-Rose, Lynda H. Powell, and Karen A. Matthews.

Click on the following link to see the JAHA article: http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/6/2/e004545.long

A link to the press-release by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences published on 1/30/2017 follows:  http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2017/Pages/heart-fat.aspx

The paper has also been featured in the WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh’s ABC affiliate on 1/30/2017 and in several health media sites including Healthday: https://consumer.healthday.com/circulatory-system-information-7/coronary-and-artery-news-356/fat-near-the-heart-a-hazard-for-postmenopausal-women-719197.html