Sleep Diagnostic Devices Market Analysis | Europe | 2016-2022 | MedCore
- Year: 2016
- Scope: 2012-2022
- Region: Europe
- Pages: 70
- Published Date: 8/1/2016
- Type: MedCore
There are three classifications of sleep apnea: obstructive, central and complex. The first, obstructive, is the most common form of sleep apnea, accounting for 84% of all cases. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is defined as an interruption in breathing despite respiratory effort from the patient. The patients nervous system stimulates the muscles involved in breathing, but a physical obstruction in the airway prevents the airway from opening. In central sleep apnea, which is observed in only 0.4% of total cases, breathing is interrupted by a physiological lack of respiratory effort caused by the central nervous system. Complex sleep apnea is characterized by a combination of both factors and accounts for approximately 15% of cases in Europe. Because of the nature of sleep apnea, individuals that are affected by the condition are rarely aware of their difficulties breathing while asleep. Symptoms may be present for decades before the sufferer is diagnosed and subsequently treated. It was estimated that in 2010, only 15% of patients in Europe who have sleep apnea had received a diagnosis.
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