Galaxy Watch6 monitors irregular heart rates

Samsung has unveiled an irregular heart rate monitoring feature coming with the upcoming Galaxy Watch6.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

Samsung has unveiled the development of an irregular heart rate monitoring feature. The feature will first be introduced with the upcoming Galaxy Watch6 series and will later come to older models as well. The introduction is via Samsung’s Health Monitor app, which is also used for ECG measurements via the Samsung smartwatch.

However, this also strongly suggests that only owners of Samsung phones will receive notifications about irregular heart rates. The app is only available for Samsung devices. It also sounds like monitoring irregular heart rates requires enabling continuous heart rate tracking, which sounds obvious.

The feature itself aims to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), but is not intended to diagnose such a medical condition. Samsung emphasizes that the Galaxy Watch6 cannot replace a real doctor. They just want to point out potential problems and encourage the user to see a doctor for further investigation. The feature also helps keep track of heart health between doctor visits.

More than 70 countries have now approved the Samsung Health Monitor app and its ECG capabilities. Irregular heart rate monitoring, however, requires additional regional approval. Currently, only South Korea, the US, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Panama and the United Arab Emirates have approved the new feature.

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