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Evidence for heart disease found in ancient Egyptians

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The BBC on Nov. 18, 2009 reports on a Journal of the American Medical Association paper on the presence of heart disease in ancient Egyptians.  The oldest specimen examined was thought to come from a Lady Raj who lived around 3500 years ago.  The team of researchers examined mummified arteries and found evidence for atherosclerosis in the form of calcified deposits on artery walls.  The mummified remains were those of rich ancient Egyptians such as priests and pharaohs and would have had a rich, meat-filled diet.

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