Even mummies get clogged arteries

tags: archaeology, mummies, Egypt, heart disease



Heart disease is often thought to be a malady of the modern era, the product of lifestyles heavy on eating and light on exercise.

That includes conditions like atherosclerosis, when fat and cholesterol build-up along artery walls, making it difficult for blood to pass through the body to the heart and limbs.

New research, presented Sunday night at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, suggests the exact opposite: That heart disease is a malady with a history that stretches back over 4,000 years. How, exactly, did they figure this out? By putting mummies through CT scan machines, of course....



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