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May 22/29, 2002

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Venous Thromboembolism

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(20):2655-2656. doi:10.1001/jama.287.20.2652

To the Editor: The obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is an independent risk factor for arterial cardiovascular events,1 perhaps due to thrombophilic coagulation abnormalities that are promoted by recurrent episodes of hypoxemia.2 We performed a clinical study to assess a possible association between OSAS and venous thromboembolism (VTE).

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