Monday, 4 April 2011

Sheer heart attack: mummies with a modern malady

Research presented in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology found that 45 per cent of the mummies they put through CT scans had signs of atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis — commonly called hardening of the arteries — was surprisingly widespread in ancient times, at least among the Egyptian mummies examined by an international team of scientists and heart specialists, including one from St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City (see Kansas City Star).

And that includes Princess Ahmose-Meryet-Amon of Egypt’s 17th Dynasty who, say researchers, had the world’s oldest known case of coronary heart disease.

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AFP: Oldest case of clogged arteries in Egypt mummy: study

Science Now: The Curse of the Mummies' Arteries

Medical News Today: Heart Disease Not A Modern Ailment, Egyptian Mummies Reveal

The Daily Mail: Egyptian mummies who lived 3,500 years ago 'had clogged arteries despite healthier lifestyle'

Fox 4 News:  Mummy's Arteries Show Signs of Heart Disease 

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