Scans of mummies from as long ago as 2,000 BC have revealed that ancient people also had clogged arteries, a condition blamed on modern vices like smoking, overeating and inactivity, a study said Monday.
Image provided by the Lancet press office on March 8, 2013 shows a CT with 3D volume rendering of Hatiay, a mummified male Egyptian scribe aged 40-50 years, who lived during the New Kingdom (1570–1293 BCE) and was found near modern day Luxor. Scans of mummies from as long ago as 2,000 BC have revealed that ancient people also had clogged arteries, a study said Monday.
The finding, published in the Lancet medical journal, casts doubt on our understanding of the condition known as atherosclerosis that causes heart attacks and strokes.
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