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n. pl. ep·i·car·di·a (-dē-ə)
The inner layer of the pericardium that is in actual contact with the surface of the heart.

[New Latin : epi- + Greek kardiā, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′i·car′di·al adj.
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Noun1.epicardia - the short part of the esophagus extending downward from the diaphragm to the stomach
passageway, passage - a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass; "the nasal passages"
esophagus, gullet, oesophagus, gorge - the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
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Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) decreased morbidity and overall mortality in selected patients with advanced heart failure and cardiac dyssynchrony.[sup][1] Traditional CRT placed a left ventricular (LV) lead on the LV epicardia through a suitable vein.
Epicardial tissue is known to exhibit brown/beige phenotype due to the presence of brown adipocytes, as indicated by higher expression levels of UCP-1 in the epicardia when compared to other fat depots [20, 21].