Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA) recently expanded to include urgent care centers in partnership with Hillcrest Urgent Care. The companys goal and mission is to assist in lowering the 80 percent incidence of undiagnosed and untreated individuals suffering with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition is defined by pauses in breathing that can last a few seconds to minutes, and occur as little as 5 to greater than 30 times per hour.
When people live with sleep apnea without treatment, it increases their risk for a higher incidence of life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and failure, diabetes, and stroke, said Jeffrey L. Silveira, MD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SATCOA. Unfortunately, some patients come to Hillcrest Urgent Care due to an emergent problem with their blood pressure and uncontrolled diabetes. Until now, Hillcrest Urgent Care was only able to treat the immediate issue at hand but now can help patients on a number of different levels.