Egyptian Princess, Who Lived More than 3,500 Years Ago, was First to Have Heart Disease

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LONDON (AP).- An Egyptian princess who lived more than 3,500 years ago is the oldest known person to have had clogged arteries, dispelling the myth that heart disease is a product of modern society, a new study says. To determine how common heart disease was in ancient Egypt, scientists performed computer scans on 52 mummies in Cairo and the United States. Among those that still had heart tissue, 44 had chunks of calcium stuck to their arteries — indicating clogging. “Atherosclerosis clearly existed more than 3,000 years ago,” said Adel Allam, a cardiology professor at Al Azhar University in Cairo, who led the study with Gregory Thomas, director of nuclear cardiology education at the University of California in Irvine. “We cannot blame this disease on modern civilization.” The research was presen-