Andrea Kremer of NBC Sports has reported new details on the health of Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, with some scary information about the aftermath of his collapse at practice in August, but also some reasons for optimism about Harvin’s long-term prognosis.
Harvin told Kremer that when he was in the hospital after collapsing his heart stopped beating for ten seconds. Obviously, that’s frightening.
But Harvin’s hospital stay helped doctors determine that he has sleep apnea and get him the appropriate treatment. Harvin has been given a device that pumps air into his nose while he sleeps, and that seems to be working for him.
The best news is that Harvin’s doctors believe the sleep apnea was the primary cause of the migraines that have plagued him for much of his life. The breathing device is working well enough for him that he’s no longer on medication, and he may finally be able to put his migraines behind him.