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South Korea clears ECG monitoring for Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 already has an ECG sensor. The approval will allow the company to formally roll out the feature to more users.

ECG may come to Galaxy Watch Active 2 soon
ECG may come to Galaxy Watch Active 2 soon (Samsung)

Samsung on Sunday announced it has received clearance from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to roll out Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring feature to Galaxy Watch Active 2.

The ECG functionality on Galaxy Watch 2 works by analysing the heart’s electrical activity using the ECG sensor onboard. To use the feature, one needs to launch the dedicated Health Monitor app, place a fingerprint on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 for 30 seconds. The app will then calculate your heart rate and rhythm.

The data is classified into two formats – Sinus rhythm (which is normal heartbeat) and AFib (when the heartbeat is irregular). The app then shows an insight into the user’s health which they can share with their doctor to take further suggestions.

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Apart from the ECG clearance, Samsung revealed that it has also gotten approval for the blood pressure measurement through the Galaxy Watch 2.

“We’re delighted to announce that the ECG function has been cleared by MFDS,” said TaeJong Jay Yang, Corporate SVP and Head of Health Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics in a post.

“When you pair the advanced hardware of Galaxy watches with innovative software solutions, you can create unmatched experiences – such as in this case, convenient and accessible health check-ins for millions of users across the world. This marks just one way in which Samsung is pioneering to give everyone a simple, convenient, and informed picture of their overall health and wellness.”

Right now, there’s no word on the availability of the feature in other markets.

It is worth noting that Apple already offers ECG on its Watch Series smartwatches. The company debuted the feature through its Watch Series 4. The ECG monitoring on Apple Watch was rolled out in India in September last year. Apple’s ECG monitoring also has the same process to measure irregular heartbeat and is said to help users identify signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm.