Samsung has announced the release of a Health Monitor app for its Galaxy Watch Active2 series. The app will allow users to measure and track their blood pressure and also record the readings. In a press release, the company stated that the application has been cleared as a Software as a Medical Device by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). The government’s approval has given the new health feature the status of over-the-counter and cuffless blood pressure monitoring app.
Measure Blood Pressure on Galaxy Watch Active2
The advanced sensor in Samsung smartwatch is compatible with blood pressure measuring and monitoring technology. This app will give users the freedom to conveniently and easily measure their blood pressure anywhere and anytime without having to carry additional apparatus. The watch’s heat rate monitoring sensors track the pulse wave to measure blood pressure.
Globally, high blood pressure is known to significantly increase your risk of brain, kidney and heart diseases, including stroke and coronary heart disease when not managed properly. By helping users measure and track their blood pressure, the Samsung Health Monitor app gives people greater insight into their health and allows them to make more informed decisions, to lead healthier lives.-Press release
Instructions for using the Health Monitoring app on the Galaxy Watch Active2
Before relying on the Galaxy Watch Active2 blood pressure readings, the company has advised users to calibrate them with the readings of a traditional blood pressure monitoring device. To calibrate means to check and compare the readings taken on a traditional cuff to gauge their device’ accuracy. The monitoring technology determines the blood pressure by analyzing pulse waves to draw a relationship between calibration value and blood pressure change. For precise accuracy, users are further advised to calibrate their watch with a traditional blood pressure measuring cuff every month.
Fortunately, for consumers, tech companies are working on pushing their smartwatches as health monitoring devices. Apple Watch already offers ECG technology, along with other health tracking features like counting steps, calories and more. It is rumored that Apple will be releasing additional health features like native sleep tracking app and blood oxygen monitoring technology in the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6. watchOS also supports third party health apps like Peloton on the device to measure and monitor user’s workout activities. In a recent update, Google redesigned its fitness app, Google Fit, for enhanced steps calculations and tracking tiles.