Even Mummies Had Heart Disease, Study Finds

Long thought to be a modern disease related to contemporary lifestyles, atherosclerosis was common among ancient people as well, a new study found. Whole body CT scans of 137 mummies from four different ancient populations revealed heart and vascular calcifications consistent with atherosclerosis, reported Dr. Randall Thompson of St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and colleagues. "We were most surprised to find atherosclerosis among hunter-gatherers, whose varied diet...Full Story
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