Samsung has released an update that expands blood pressure and ECG monitoring to new nations

Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 customers in 31 countries are getting a new update right now. They can now use the Samsung Health Monitor app to check their blood pressure and ECG. This was formerly exclusively available in South Korea.

In December 2020, the tech behemoth was informed that it had received CE-marking. This allows it to include many more European countries, such as 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 United Kingdom.

People in Chile, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates will also profit. There are 31 countries in all, including South Korea.

This follows the release of My BP Lab 2.0 software and an experimental blood pressure monitoring capability. At the start of 2020, this was seen in a few countries.

Measurements of blood pressure

Users will need to calibrate the watch’s readings with a regular blood pressure meter in order to take measures. According to Samsung, this should be done once at first, and then at least once a month after that. As a result, the numbers are a close approximation of what a real blood pressure monitor would show. The optical heart-rate sensor is used to obtain a measurement, which takes less than 30 seconds to complete.

To take an on-demand reading, simply hit the measure option in the Health Monitor app. There isn’t a way to make it automatically take measurements.

Your readings will be synced to the Samsung Galaxy smartphone app. This will provide you with detailed results as well as the opportunity to chart your blood pressure over time in days, weeks, and months. As a result, the app will need to be installed on both the watch and your phone.

Other lesser-known brands claim to offer smartwatches that can take blood pressure readings, but this is the first major brand to do so. Samsung is also the first company to get regulatory certification for the feature, implying that customers should expect reasonably accurate readings. As a result, this is a significant event.

The majority of Galaxy Watches will eventually be able to take blood pressure readings. Samsung is starting with the Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2, which use the company’s latest optical heart-rate sensor.

The same app is used for electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring and ECG measurements.

This eliminates the requirement for a separate installation.

Simply spin the bezel to find the ECG widget and use it. Read all of the safety warnings and educate yourself on what this accomplishes.

Ascertain that you are in a comfortable position and that the watch is securely fastened on your wrist. For 30 seconds, lay your forearm on a table and place the fingertip of the opposite hand on the top button. During the recording, stay completely still.

Your heart rate and rhythm will be measured. You’ll also be told whether the reading is sinus rhythm (a normal, regular heartbeat) or AFib (a fast, irregular heartbeat) (when the heart beats irregularly).

How do I make a change?

This is exciting news for Samsung watch users, and it’s been a long time coming. The Health Monitor app will be released on February 4th, according to Samsung. However, it was only yesterday that news of the updated version began to flood in. Something had obviously slowed things down.

To update your watch, push the power button. Go to Settings > General once the applications screen has opened. Select the option to update the watch software. If an update is available, it will be displayed, and you can download it.

You may also check for and install updates on your watch using the Galaxy Wearable app. Select the Watch software update from the app’s home menu. Simply follow the on-screen directions to download and install the software.

Only Galaxy smartphones running Android N or higher are eligible for the update. To use the new capabilities, you’ll need a Samsung phone right now. The new hand-washing app is also activated as part of this software update.

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