What you need to know
- Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 finally gain blood pressure monitoring outside Korea.
- The feature will roll out soon to Galaxy Watch owners in Europe, along with ECG readings.
- The new health readings will also be available to users in Chile, UAE, and Indonesia.
Last year, Samsung announced blood pressure monitoring was being made available to its Galaxy smartwatches through a software update, but until today it had only been made available in the company's home country. Now thanks to regulatory approval (opens in new tab), the feature has received its CE-marking, making it available to use in countries in the EU.
Blood pressure monitoring is achieved on the Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 using the on-device heart rate sensors. For accurate readings, users must initially calibrate the feature with a traditional blood pressure cuff. Afterward, users can simply tap "Measure" to take a reading with the Samsung Health Monitor app, which measures the relationship between the initial calibration and changes in blood pressure through pulse wave analysis.
Putting more health monitoring features in users' hands is especially important during a global pandemic. When the feature was launched, Samsung's Corporate SVP and Head of Health Team, TaeJong Jay Yang, spoke about the great potential for this feature (opens in new tab) to arrive on some of the best Android smartwatches, and today is excited to see it reach more people:
Electrocardiogram Monitoring is also being made available, allowing users to check their heart rhythm for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), an abnormal heart rhythm that affects as many as 33 million people worldwide, and can lead to a number of health issues such as blood clots.
These features are being made available in the following countries starting February 4th: Chile, Indonesia, UAE, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. ECG monitoring is available in the U.S., although blood pressure monitoring has not received approval from the FDA.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The Galaxy Watch 3 is Samsung's latest smartwatch, featuring a sleek design, durable build, built-in GPS, and optional LTE for untethered connectivity when going out on a run. With ECG readings and the latest blood pressure monitoring, this is the ultimate smartwatch for all your health needs.
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
F. I. N. A. L. L. Y.... Watch Active 2 is only a year old
What is taking the FDA so long to clear this? What's the hold up? I hope someone figures out a way to hack this feature on a US Galaxy Watch 3.
No ECG on the Watch 3 in the US unless you have a Samsung phone. That detail WASN'T in the sales detail. Wish I could send mine back.
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