Artery disease has been affecting human health for at least 3,000 years, new research from Durham University says.
Ancient African skeletons have been discovered with atherosclerosis - a thickening of the artery wall due to a fatty build up.
And while doctors today blame modern lifestyles as the cause of artery problems, the research shows it was common about farming communities who worked close to the Nile, which is now the Sudan.
The study has been published in the International Journal of Palaeopathology
It forms part of a British Museum archaeological project.