Samsung Malaysia – you sneaky. During the Chinese New Year celebration period last week, Samsung dropped an update on the 25th of January, enabling blood pressure monitoring via the Samsung Health app. This is a feature that I have been asking since 2 years ago, and it is finally available now.
As we know it, hypertension is an issue that many of us face but are not aware of it – hence upholding the name as the “silent killer”. Even if diagnosed with hypertension, constant monitoring is needed for early detection of anything wrong. That is why we have been demanding Samsung to release the ECG feature ASAP.
And that day has come. Samsung just launched the blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) tracking features for the Galaxy Watch5 series on 25th January 2023.
Of course, this is complementary more than a replacement for a doctor’s visit. Samsung has specifically stated that this is not intended to replace traditional methods of diagnosis or treatment.
Also, remember to update your Galaxy Watch5 or Watch5 Pro to the latest version to use this feature. I just got my update this morning.
Also, remember to download the Samsung Health Monitor app here! It’s a separate app from the Samsung Health app made specifically for the Blood Pressure and ECG monitoring.
Using the Galaxy Watch to measure your blood pressure
The blood pressure monitoring is pretty straightforward in terms of how it works. It measures the pressure when the heart pumps and relaxes and then reads out the pressure level, thanks to the Photoplethysmogram (PPG) inside the watch. Then, you’ll get the systolic and diastolic pressure readings and also your heart rate.
All the data will be recorded in the Samsung Health Monitor Blood Pressure app for your review later.
Here are the steps on how to use the app:
- Set up Samsung Health Monitor on your Galaxy Watch and Galaxy smartphone.
- Calibrate your Galaxy Watch based on the instructions on the Samsung Health Monitor app.
- Wear your Galaxy Watch on the same wrist* as during the calibration and make sure the strap is snug, then measure your blood pressure.
- Review your blood pressure measurements.
Samsung also shared some information on how to use the Blood Pressure app here.
Take an ECG reading with your Galaxy Watch
Other than your blood pressure, your heart’s rhythm should also be consistent. Hence, this ECG – also known as the electrocardiogram – is able to help with that.
Here are the steps on how to use the ECG feature:
- Pair your Galaxy Watch with the Galaxy smartphone.
- Wear the Galaxy Watch snugly on your wrist.
- Open the Samsung Health Monitor app on your Galaxy Watch.
- To take an ECG reading, rest your fingertip of the opposite hand lightly on the Galaxy Watch’s top button for 30 seconds.
- The ECG data is synced to the paired Galaxy smartphone where a PDF report is created.
Here are some things you need to know before using the ECG app.
Ensuring optimal performance
You’ll need to follow these important, detailed instructions on how to set up and calibrate your Galaxy Watch, Galaxy smartphone, and Samsung Health Monitor app. Here is the guide on how to do it.
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