Neomi Shah, the associate division chief of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai, talked with MD Magazine while at ATS 2019 to define the currently-understood state of sleep condition-cardiovascular risk overlap.

So it’s a little puzzling, because we’ve shown that it is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but when we treated, it didn’t really make the impact that we were hoping for it to make. We’re in a state of a little bit of confusion, and we’re really trying to dig deep in terms of the mechanisms—as to what it is about the obstructive sleep apnea that was causing this increased risk factor. I think the awareness is there. It may not be as prominent as it is for diabetes, but I think it has been well-known.