The world's first heart patients?

Position:Ancient World - Mummies with heart disease - Brief article

Heart disease, which is responsible for one in four American deaths each year, has long been considered a product of modern vices: fatty foods, smoking, not enough exercise. But a new study of 4,000-year-old mummies may turn that theory on its head. Full-body scans of 137 mummies from North America, Peru, Egypt, and the U.K. revealed that one-third had hardened arteries--a condition that restricts blood flow and can cause heart attacks. The mummies may have gotten heart disease by inhaling smoke from...

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