Heart Matters

Heart Disease in Ancient Egyptians

July 21, 201414 min
Hosted by: Janet Wright
Guest: Randall Thompson
It's widely believed that modern behaviors of inactivity, stress and poor diet are primary causes of the development of cardiovascular disease, but history may suggest otherwise. What is new evidence from ancient Egyptian mummies teaching us about heart disease? Dr. Randy Thompson, cardiologist at St. Luke's Hospital Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, shares the exciting findings of his research team in Cairo that found calcification using CT scans to study ancient Egyptian mummies. How likely is it that these mummies died from cardiovascular causes? What do these findings suggest about the etiology of heart disease? Tune in to take a historic look back at cardiovascular disease. Hosted by Dr. Janet Wright.

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