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"Shaq discusses his sleep apnea on Harvard video"

May 18, 2011

Boston Globe In a video produced by Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine, Shaquille O'Neal discusses being diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, sometimes accompanied by loud snoring, often in patients who are overweight or have a large neck circumference. The disorder can increase risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke if left untreated. Like many people with sleep apnea, Shaq was diagnosed after a night of study in the sleep lab, and was told to wear a mask at night that keeps airways unobstructed so that he can get full nights of quality sleep.

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