Therapeutic Obstructive Sleep Apnea Devices Market Analysis | Europe | 2016-2022 | MedCore
- Year: 2016
- Scope: 2012-2022
- Region: Europe
- Published Date: 8/1/2016
- Pages: 101
- Type: MedCore
Sleep apnea is a respiratory disorder during which the individual has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they sleep. During an apneic event, pauses in breathing typically last between 10 and 20 seconds. These events can occur over thirty times an hour in extreme cases. During an apneic event, the individual is usually aroused from deeper levels of sleep, at which point they resume breathing normally. It is the disruption of normal sleep cycles that causes the sleepiness, slow reflexes and increased risk of accidents associated with sleep apnea. The condition has also been linked to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and weight gain. In most cases, the sufferer is unaware of experiencing such an event at the time and often simply falls back asleep afterwards. Sleep apnea has traditionally been diagnosed by participation in a supervised polysomnography (PSG) test at a sleep clinic or hospital. A polysomnogram used in an attended setting will typically record input from the patient to a minimum of eleven channels. Two channels are for the electroencephalopathy (EEG) used to measure brain activity, one or two measure nasal or oral airflow using pressure transducers, one records chin movements, one or more for leg movements (electromyography, EMG), two for eye movements (electrooculogram, EOG), one for heart rate and rhythm (electrocardiogram, ECG), one for oxygen saturation (pulse oximetry) and one each for the belts which measure chest wall movement and upper abdominal wall movement. Snoring can be measured qualitatively by the physician or by using a recorder placed close to the face.
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