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Mummies clogged arteries: Had some 4,000 years ago

Undated photo released March 10, 2013 by group of cardiologists lead by Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City shows mummy Hatiay (New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1550 to 1295 BCE) being scanned in Cairo, Egypt, where it was found to have evidence of extensive vascular disease. In the old ancient history even without having the modern-day temptations such as fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever study of mummies searching for the condition. Researchers say that suggests heart disease may be more a natural part of human aging rather than being directly tied to contemporary risk factors like smoking, eating fatty foods and not exercising. CT scans of 137 mummies showed evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries, in one-third of those examined, including those from ancient people believed to have healthy lifestyles. Atherosclerosis causes heart attacks and strokes. More than half of the mu

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