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Mummies reveal heart disease plagued ancient Egyptians

CT scans of preserved individuals show hardening of arteries similar to that seen in people today

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12:46pm, November 18, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. — The curse of the mummy may truly be fatal. An examination of mummified bodies has revealed that ancient Egyptians suffered from hardening of the arteries in surprising frequency, suggesting that blame for heart disease extends beyond the modern culprits of smoking, fast food and the remote control.

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