An Ancient Disease

This morning we learned that late last night another one of Tim’s brothers, age 57, survived a heart attack.  I’ve come to the conclusion that September is heart attack season.  You may recall that last September one of his brothers, at age 51, had one, and Tim himself, at age 54, had one in September 2007.  It will be interesting to see if the three youngest brothers make it out of their 50s without repeating the pattern laid down by the three oldest brothers.

Apparently the gene came from their maternal grandmother, who didn’t survive her heart attack at age 54, and their maternal great-grandmother, who didn’t survive her heart attack in her 50s – not sure of her exact age.  I remember Tim’s mother was thrilled to have made it past the age of 54, only to succumb to lung cancer at age 60.

Egyptian Princess Mummy Had Oldest Known Heart Disease

Poor Princess Ahmose Meryet Amon – her name means “Child of the Moon, Beloved of Amun.”  A CAT-scan of her 3,500-year-old mummy revealed “blockages in five major arteries, including those that supply blood to the brain and heart.”  Interestingly, “The new study suggests that genetics may be even more important than thought in causing atherosclerosis, and the mummies might hold clues to which genetic factors are involved.”  Tim’s cardiologists were certainly very interested in his medical family history.  Researchers have yet so much more to learn about cardiovascular disease.