FRIDAY, June 12, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Everyone has it. It's been known about for hundreds of years. But only recently have scientists begun to unravel its mysteries.
It has an unwieldly name: epicardial adipose tissue, or EAT. But researchers are learning how this pocket of fat beneath the outer lining of the heart plays a dynamic role in heart health. Like a cardiac version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, EAT sometimes serves as a protector against heart problems, but can also wreak havoc.