President William Taft and Sleep Apnea
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William James Maloney
William Taft was the 27th president of the United States. Much of the story of
his medical travails centers upon one thing-his weight. Taft moved up the political
ladder relatively quickly but, was never happy in politics. He was pushed by his father
and his wife to reach great heights in politics. He would have rather simply practiced
law. Taftʼs weight caused him to develop sleep apnea. After his term as president
ended, he almost immediately lost approximately 70 pounds permanently. His sleep
apnea disappeared as he lost the weight.
Blood pressure, depression, history, macroglossia, neck circumference,
obesity, sleep apnea, small mandible size, snoring, somnolence.
New York University College of Dentistry 345 First Avenue New York NY 10010 USA.