North America Defibrillators Market Share, Growth, Development and Demand Forecast to 2030

Published Mar 27 

One in every four deaths, i.e. 647,000 deaths in the U.S., are a result of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If the heart is still beating, but in an arrhythmic pattern, a defibrillator is used to treat it. The device sends an electric shock, which neutralizes a large amount of the current coming from the heart’s natural pacemaker, to allow the sinoatrial node to resume its normal functioning. Arrhythmias can be fatal if not stopped immediately, especially ventricular fibrillation (v-fib), during which the body has no pulse.

These devices come in two variants: external defibrillators and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). External ones are commonly seen at hospitals and operated by medical professionals, while ICDs are implanted inside the body, for regular cardiac care. Of these, ICDs have witnessed higher uptake, on account of the technological advancements in these instruments and rising incidence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In the coming years, the external variants are predicted to witness a more rapidly increasing uptake.

For instance, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation funded several schools, under its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant” program, to procure AEDs, in February 2016. AEDs are quite easy to use as they not only measure the voltage required to neutralize the abnormal current flowing through the heart, but also apply it themselves. On the contrary, manual defibrillators measure the voltage required, but the users have to turn the knobs on the device and apply it to the heart, through the paddles.

Presently, the U.S. is the larger contributor to the North American defibrillators market, on account of the increasing prevalence of CVDs, government initiatives aimed at making people aware about defibrillation, and presence of numerous companies offering these products. In the years to come, the adoption of defibrillators is expected to pick up quickly in Canada as well, due to almost similar reasons which lead to their high sale in the U.S.

Hence, as people realize the importance of defibrillators, and governments keep up their efforts to make them easily accessible to the public, their uptake in North America will keep rising.