A single gene mutation 2 million years ago may have made humans prone to heart disease

Atherosclerosis is a condition where the arteries become clogged with deposits of fats or cholesterol. This impedes blood flow and can go on to cause blood clots, aneurysms, heart attacks and other issues related to cardiovascular disease. Risk factors come down to the usual suspects, such as obesity, diabetes, poor diet, smoking and physical inactivity.

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