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Samsung’s Health Monitor app – which helps you monitor your health – will be available in the UK from February 22nd 2021. Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch Active2 users can utilise blood pressure and electrocardiogram tracking benefits via the Samsung Health Monitor app, meaning they can monitor their health wherever they go, and whenever they wish.
The Samsung Health Monitor app received a CE-marking in December 2020, which enabled the service to expand to 28 European countries. A CE-marking is an administrative sign to highlight that a product compiles with EU safety, health and environmental requirements. This will now allow users in the UK and Ireland to easily and conveniently benefit from blood pressure and electrocardiogram tracking.
“Nearly one million people have used the Samsung Health Monitor app to manage their health since its initial launch in Korea last June,” said Teg Dosanjh, Director of Connected Services & Technology at Samsung Electronics.
“Our Galaxy Watch Series is a much-loved product in our Galaxy ecosystem and we are delighted to bring this innovative service to our customers in the UK.”
Blood Pressure Measurement
Once your Galaxy Watch3 (GW3) or Galaxy Watch Active2 (GWA2) has been calibrated with a traditional cuff, you can simply tap to “Measure” your blood pressure anytime, anywhere. Calibration is simple and can be done for free at many local pharmacies and your GP, or for convenience; home blood pressure cuffs are available to buy.
The Samsung device (GW3 or GWA2) measures blood pressure through pulse wave analysis, which is tracked with the Heart Rate Monitoring sensors. The programme then analyses the relationship between the calibration value and the blood pressure change to determine the blood pressure.
The electrocardiogram function works by analysing the heart’s electrical activity via a sensor on the Galaxy Watch3 or Galaxy Watch Active2. Simply open the Samsung Health Monitor app when you are seated comfortably, and ensure the watch is fitted firmly to your wrist. Next, rest your forearm on a flat surface and lightly place a fingertip from the opposite hand on the top button on the smartwatch for 30 seconds.
The app will then measure your heart rate and rhythm, which will be classified as either a Sinus Rhythm (a normal, regular heartbeat) or AFib (when the heart beats irregularly).
To make blood pressure and electrocardiogram measurements, users must have the Samsung Health Monitor app installed on both the Galaxy Watch3 or Galaxy Watch Active2 and their Galaxy smartphone. The Samsung Health Monitor app is automatically installed when users update their Galaxy smartwatch to the latest version via the Galaxy Wearable app. The app will then open a link, which will direct users to the smartphone app download page in the Galaxy Store app.
The Samsung Health Monitor app update will be progressively available on Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch Active2 in the UK and Ireland from February 4th .