Heart Disease Found in Ancient Mummies
Heart disease isn’t a just modern disabling condition, according to a recent discovery by archaeologists and doctors.
Ancient Heart Disease
A new study published in The Lancet medical journal detailed the analysis of 137 ancient mummies up to 4,000 years old. Researchers analyzing the mummies found signs of atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. The study found that, like in modern culture, atherosclerosis was more prevalent in older adults among the ancient mummies that were studied.
Heart disease is largely blamed on poor diets, lack of exercise, and the use of tobacco and alcohol. Experts pointed out that, while the study does indicate that heart disease is not purely a modern problem and offers insight into human susceptibility to the condition, it isn’t to say that modern risk factors for heart disease should be ignored.
Senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, Maureen Talbot, points out that “we simply don’t know enough about the diet and lifestyle of the people studied to say whether behavior or genetics lies at the root of the heart problems observed,” according to the BBC. Healthy diet, smoking cessation, and an active lifestyle can help protect the heart, according to Talbot.
What is atherosclerosis?
This condition occurs when fat and cholesterol build up on the arterial wall, forming plaque that can restrict proper blood flow. Over time, the plaque can break off into clots, which is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart attack.
Atherosclerosis is one of the forms of heart disease that may become increasingly worse without any signs. Over time, sufferers may experience chest pains and shortness of breath, and eventually the risk of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysms may be increased.
Serious Health Conditions from Heart Disease May Qualify for Disability
Severe heart disease can cause a person to be unable to perform substantial gainful activity, especially if he or she has suffered a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm. A diagnosis of heart disease or related disabling condition may qualify a patient for long-term disability benefits.
Heart disease is also associated with many other disabling conditions such as diabetes and is made worse by factors such as family history, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol, and smoking.
If you or a loved one suffers from a seriously disabling condition that impairs ability to work and perform substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. Contact the Disability Help Group to begin your claim. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.