FDA approves Samsung’s Irregular Heart Rhythm notification feature on Galaxy Watch

You must be aware that just like Apple, Samsung also releases their smartwatch which is named as the Galaxy Watch every year. It is worth noting that the Galaxy Watch was released by Samsung even before Apple released theirs but it is due to the popularity of Apple’s ecosystem that the adoption of Apple’s iWatch is more in this day and age. Having said that, it is worth noting that there are lots of watches based on WearOS which is Android’s version for smartwatches. However, you get only the Apple Watch for iOS which is why it is so popular as the wearOS segment is fragmented. Talking about the Samsung Watch, it has just got FDA clearance for one specific feature which is named as Irregular Heart Rhythm.

Just like ECG which is available on both the Samsung Watch and the Apple Watch, the Irregular Heart Rhythm is indicative of heart fibrillation and tells the user that they may have some heart condition that needs to be monitored. In a press release, Samsung said that “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,” and added that “This is yet another example of how Samsung prioritizes proactive safety solutions and enables users to receive a more holistic understanding of their cardiovascular and overall health.”

Now, we know that usage of such features related to health should be done with utmost care and it can cause unnecessary panic as well which is also the reason why these companies tell you that you should not take these data on face value but got yourself checked with a practicing physician before coming to any conclusions. Samsung also says that the feature is not intended for users with other known arrhythmias or users under 22 years old. Samsung says that this feature will be provided thanks to use of “its BioActive Sensor, including the on-demand ECG recording and HR Alert function that detects abnormally high or low heart rates”.

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