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March 26, 2012

said.

The study wasn’t randomized or blinded, so observer bias can’t be ruled out. Also, the OSA patients tended to have a higher body mass index. A larger randomized trial may clarify the findings, Lip said.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than 18 million Americans have some form of OSA.

Co-authors are: Mehmood Butt, M.R.C.P.; Girish Dwivedi, M.D., Ph.D.; Alena Shantsila, M.D., University of Birmingham Center for Cardiovascular Sciences; and Omer Khair, M.D., with the Department of Respiratory Medicine at City Hospital in Birmingham.

Author disclosures and funding information are on the manuscript.

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