A recent research published in The Lancet, questions the common belief that sedentary lifestyle, smoking and consumption of high fat content fast food are the major risk factors for heart diseases.
In an extensive research, a team of cardiologists examined 137 mummies from Egypt, Aleutian Islands in Alaska and parts of southwestern America. CT scans done on the mummies revealed that the arteries of most of the mummies, who lived nearly 4000 years ago, contained plaque, inflammatory calcium deposits, which is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.
The findings have surprised the researchers, as plaque deposition leading to heart disease is widely associated with modern age lifestyle and food choices.
Researchers suggest that there could be some unknown physiological factor, like genetic composition or age, which could cause the deposition of plaque in arteries.
Hence, with the recent findings, it would be unfair to continue considering heart disease as a disease of modern age and lifestyle.