Diagnostics sleep apnea devices market to garner commendable revenue by 2024, rising awareness and exorbitant product costs to stimulate the industry growth

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An inherent vertical of the medical devices sphere, sleep apnea devices market has been observing a remarkable growth in recent times. With changing lifestyles and prevalence of obesity among the general populace, sleep apnea is not limited to the geriatric population anymore. Indeed, cases of untreated sleep apnea have been found to be exposed to greater risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In this regard, numerous awareness programs regarding the side-effects of this disorder are being conducted globally, thereby driving sleep apnea devices market. Not to mention, technological advancements by companies have also led to the competitive spectrum of sleep apnea devices industry emerging to be rather fierce lately.

U.S. Sleep Apnea Devices Market, By Product, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Sleep Apnea Devices Market, By Product, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

According to estimates by the World Health Organization, sleep apnea affects nearly 100 million people around the world. The disorder is known to affect an individual’s personal and professional life to a potentially negative extent. Studies conducted on people afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have demonstrated that OSA causes 40% increase in daytime sleepiness and leads to increased chances of congestive heart failure and stroke. OSA is also known to increase 2 times as many traffic accidents per mile, 2.5 times more hypertension, and 40% increased risk of depression. On these grounds, medical device companies have been striving to develop highly advanced equipment to help control the disorder, thereby fueling sleep apnea devices market share.

One of the pivotal reasons sleep apnea remains untreated for long is the hectic present-day lifestyle that leads to around 95% people getting afflicted with this disorder. In reality, early diagnosis and treatment can potentially improve the quality of a patient’s life. Sleep apnea specialists have therefore been suggesting the requirement of raising awareness about the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. This has led to the implementation of numerous campaigns, projected to spur the sleep apnea devices market.

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Considering the myriad health and social problems caused by sleep apnea, it is very evident that untreated sleep apnea leads to severe healthcare costs. It has been estimated in a study in the US that diagnosing and treating every patient with sleep apnea in the country will amount to an annual savings of $100.1 billion. The study further estimated that the economic burden of undiagnosed sleep apnea is approximately $149.6 annually of which roughly $86.9 billion is lost in lack of productivity, $26.2 billion is lost in motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents amount up to loss of $6.5 billion. In this regard, healthcare specialists have been extensively recommending the use of these devices not only to reduce such related costs but also to safeguard against hypertension, heart disease and depression. In consequence, this would have a massive impact on sleep apnea devices industry.

With rising awareness about sleep apnea, diagnostics sleep apnea devices market accounted for the largest revenue share in 2016 and this trend is expected to be continue over 2017-2024. One of the pivotal reasons for the same is increasing levels of awareness among patients related to this disorder. Additionally, the rising demand for early diagnosis and treatment has also been leading to the growth of diagnostics sleep apnea devices market.

In the years to come, sleep apnea devices market will witness a plethora of novel equipment that can overcome the discomforts of an oral or CPAP device. For example, an innovative procedure for treating sleep apnea implants a pacemaker-like device by surgery. This remote-controlled chest implant has been approved by the US FDA in 2014 and uses two thin wires to monitor the patient’s breathing and delivers mild electric current during the night. Such devices however, are still undergoing development and due to the high cost and surgical risks, are not recommended for everyone. However, on account of the continuous research and development programs being conducted by major companies, it is expected that sleep apnea devices market will make significant headway over 2017-2024.

Author Name :Paroma Bhattacharya

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