da Vinci May Have Been the First to ID CAD
the MPR take:
We know Leonardo da Vinci as an artist, architect, and engineer, but few are aware of his astounding insights into the human body – especially the heart. His notes detailing aspects such as the opening and closing of arterial valves were largely unknown until the late 1700s but are remarkably accurate given what we know today thank to the use of MRI technology. da Vinci based his illustrations on the hearts of animals but later on human organs as well. In fact, after dissecting the heart of a deceased 100-year-old-man, da Vinci wrote what is considered to be the first known description of coronary artery disease (CAD), which today is one of the most common causes of death in the U.S.
When Leonardo da Vinci dissected the heart of a 100-year-old man who had recently died, he discovered the first known description of coronary artery disease. The Italian painter, architect and engineer was clearly a curious and gifted individual who was way ahead of his time, but what fired his interest in the workings of the human body.
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