As the great playwright would put it: “The stroke of death is a lover’s pinch, which hurts and is desired.” It may be indeed that love is all above throbbing hearts and lover’s quarrel, but it would seem that the hearts of old lovers have much to hide apart from a great romance. ‘Tis nobler in the mind when matters of the heart become medical trivia.
‘Tis the time of dreams and great revelation, a good opportunity for our medical science to thrive, to grow and to expand its own boundaries. So suggests a new and unique medical study, conducted by a team of French researchers from the Institute of Preventive Archeological Research.
In order to get the big picture, we have to travel a bit back in time. Before drafting their first ideas, the team did a little bit of research on methods of entombment. More specifically, they were highly interested to see how various individuals, belonging to several respectable houses, coped with the idea of losing a loved person.
Digging sites were established and several artifacts were unearthed during this period. Within the ancient Renaissance sepulchers, the team of French archeologists has found a total number of five human hearts, encased in a lead compartment. Upon further analysis, the team has reached the conclusion that the all five human heart were perfectly preserved in their lead cage.
Moreover, the team managed to discover some additional facts about the old human hearts. If we were to wax poetics, again, ‘tis that time again when matters of the heart become medical trivia. Indeed, from an archeological point of view, the artifacts proved to be invaluable. But, from a medical point of view, it would seem that the artifacts have proven themselves to more enlightening.
Using modern days imaging techniques, like MRI scans, CT scans, and PET scans, the medical examiners managed to decipher one of the most intriguing medical mystery in the history of mankind: how modern really are the modern heart diseases? It would seem that the question got its answer after all.
Doctor Fatima-Zohra Mokran, lead author of the study, and also a radiologist working for the University Hospital of Toulouse, confirmed, in an interview that four of the hearts found in the ancient tomb displayed signs consistent with modern-day heart conditions. The affected hearts displayed plaque, atherosclerosis and other additional signs that would indicate that the effects of such illnesses could easily be tracked back in time.
The same doctor also told the reports that her team was able to rehydrate a part of the hearts in order to study them more closely.