A few days ago, Samsung announced that the FDA had cleared the Galaxy Watch Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification (IHRN) feature. The new IHRN feature works with the Galaxy Watch EKG feature and monitors heart rhythms suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib) right from the wrist. Of course, users should be aware that devices such as the Galaxy Watch are not a replacement for a doctor.
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“We’re excited to announce that Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification, designed to help millions of people around the world who may not be aware of a potential heart risk, has been cleared by the FDA,” said Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of the Digital Health Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics.
According to Samsung, “Cardiovascular disease remains one of the world’s leading causes of death. AFib — a type of arrhythmia — is widely considered a warning sign for major cardiovascular issues that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular complications.”
The Galaxy Watch offers tools to help users understand their heart health using the Samsung BioActive Sensor. It includes on-demand ECG recording and HR Alert function, which detects abnormally high or low heart rates. But again, this is by no means a replacement for a doctor; always consult your doctor about your health concerns.
Once activated in the Samsung Health Monitor app, the feature will check for irregular heart rhythms in the background via the Galaxy Watch’s BioActive Sensor. Suppose a certain number of consecutive measurements are irregular. In that case, the Galaxy Watch warns the user of potential AFib activity, prompting them to take an ECG using their watch for a more accurate measurement.
The Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature will be available in the newly announced One UI 5 Watch update.
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