In this large cohort of >10,000 patients, although the overall risk of VTE in those with sleep apnea was low (0.5% at 3.5 year follow up), it was significantly higher compared to matched controls (0.2%, hazard ratio ~3) which is even higher in those with sleep apnea on CPAP (hazard ratio ~9). Sleep apnea should be factored into risk prediction of VTE (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.