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Neck size important factor in sleep apnea

June 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study suggests neck size could be an important factor in the severity of sleep apnea in men.The study was presented at the annual meeting of The Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Seattle.

Researchers say moderate to severe sleep apnea is most common in middle-aged men with larger neck sizes. Researchers say the combination of neck size and obesity magnifies the problem.

Sleep apnea, also known as "fragmented sleep disorder," increases the risk of early death.

Doctors say they are learning more about how disruptions in sleep can affect a person's heart rate, blood pressure and life span.

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