Mummy study: Heart disease was bigger issue for human ancestors than initially thought

UTHealth’s Mohammad Madjid, MD, MS, says people in ancient times had clogged arteries too. (Photo by Maricruz Kwon/UTHealth)

A new imaging study of the mummified arteries of people who lived thousands of years ago revealed that their arteries were more clogged than originally thought, according to a proof-of-concept study led by a researcher with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). It is in the October print edition of the American Heart Journal.

“I wanted to see if heart disease is a modern-day problem. It appears to have been a problem for a very long time,” said Mohammad Madjid, MD, MS, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

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