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PRESS RELEASE: ASAP Urgent Care Offers Test to Help Patients Sleep Better, At Home

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ASAP URGENT CARE OFFERS TEST TO
HELP PATIENTS SLEEP BETTER, AT HOME
Home Test for Sleep Apnea Delivers Results in 48 Hours

July 25, 2014 | Greenwich, CT – Last week, “A Sleep Apnea Test Without a Night in the Hospital,” an article in The New York Times, explored home sleep testing. Journalist Donald G. McNeil, Jr. tried NovaSom’s AccuSom home sleep test as a follow up to his 10 year old sleep apnea diagnosis and chronicled his experience, highlighting the ease of use and speed with which he received his results. The good news? McNeil received a clean bill of health. The better news? Patients in Connecticut can get the exact same test via any of ASAP Urgent Care’s four facilities.

“We know that 25 percent of all U.S. adults have chronic problems sleeping, with many suffering from sleep apnea,” says ASAP Urgent Care CEO Traver Hutchins. “We also know that the idea of spending a night in the hospital hooked up to a dozen or more wires, waiting up to six weeks for results, and high cost deters many from getting sleep studies. Since ASAP Urgent Care is in the business of providing excellence in more than just urgent care, we’ve partnered with NovaSom to offer an at home sleep test option for our patients.”

Sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can have serious health consequences, as they can lead to or worsen co-morbid conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The absence of high quality sleep deprives the body of energy, impairs muscle and tissue growth, negatively affects memory and learning capability, and often leads to serious car accidents. Home sleep tests can help quickly determine the nature of a problem and put patients on the path to recovery.

“Before selecting NovaSom for our ASAP patients, I tried the system myself,” says Hutchins. “It was comfortable and easy to use. I was surprised to learn I had sleep apnea – my breathing actually stopped 58 times during the study. I was losing a lot of sleep and had no idea. Now, I wake up refreshed every day. I feel 10 years younger (much to the chagrin of our staffers!). This is a truly a game changer for anyone suffering from sleep apnea.”

ASAP’s overnight sleep tests can effectively diagnose sleep apnea and help determine the proper course of treatment. Using NovaSom’s state-of-the-art, non-invasive technology, ASAP conducts highly reliable sleep studies on patients while they remain comfortably in their own beds engaging in their normal sleep habits.

The innovative, FDA-cleared diagnostic AccuSom device monitors blood oxygen levels, breathing airflow and chest effort, snoring intensity, and heart rate. And it is the only home sleep test that delivers test results wirelessly, allowing for fast interpretations by board-certified sleep specialists.

About ASAP Urgent Care

Founded in Connecticut by doctors with over three decades of experience, ASAP Urgent Care is dedicated to providing a better solution for people who have urgent medical needs. Two key ways ASAP does this is by always welcoming walk-in patients and guaranteeing they will be seen within 20 minutes of checking in. In addition to urgent care, ASAP offers occupational medicine, online doctor visits, and diet and sleep aid for patients of all ages. ASAP’s employer services help keep businesses running and employees healthy with a wide range of services from diagnostics, to flu clinics, to drug screenings, and more. To see ASAP Urgent Care, watch this short video.

Centers are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. ASAP guarantees patients will be seen within 20 minutes of checking in at its locations – if ASAP is somehow unable to fulfill this promise, patients made to wait more than 20 minutes will receive a credit of $20 toward their next visit. And, between now and the end of September, patients are invited to save $10 with an online coupon. Through ASAP’s website, patients can check in online before heading to a facility. Those not wanting to leave the comfort of their own homes can video conference with healthcare professionals. All ASAP Urgent Care centers – Hamden (203-248-2727), Madison (203-318-8000), Milford (203-877-2273), and North Haven (203-239-2727) – have received the Urgent Care Association of America’s (UCAOA) Certified Urgent Care designation. For more information, visit www.ASAPGetBetter.com and connect with ASAP on Facebook.

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