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Samsung Galaxy Watch to Feature FDA-Cleared Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification

Samsung's One UI 5 Watch introduces an Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature to help users monitor their cardiovascular health and detect potential heart risks, expanding the Galaxy Watch's health-focused offerings.

Samsung Galaxy Watch with Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature displayed on the screen

Samsung is enhancing its smartwatch lineup with the introduction of the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature as part of the newly announced One UI 5 Watch. The feature, designed to help millions of people around the world monitor their cardiovascular health and detect potential heart risks, will be available in the upcoming Galaxy Watch devices later this year and later expanded to previous editions. In comparison, Apple's smartwatches have offered a similar feature since 2018.

Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of the Digital Health Team at Samsung Electronics, shared the company's excitement over the FDA-cleared feature in a press release. Pak emphasized Samsung's commitment to providing users with a more comprehensive understanding of their cardiovascular and overall health through proactive safety solutions.

The Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature is designed to monitor users' heart rhythms and notify them when it detects irregular patterns suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib). However, it's important to note that the feature is not intended to provide a notification on every episode of irregular rhythm. Additionally, the absence of a notification does not necessarily indicate that no disease process is present. The feature is not intended for users with other known arrhythmias or users under 22 years old.

The new feature will join the Galaxy Watch's existing suite of health-focused offerings that use its BioActive Sensor. These include the on-demand ECG recording feature, which allows users to measure and analyze their heart rhythm for irregularities, and the HR Alert function that detects abnormally high or low heart rates.

The introduction of the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature is a significant step for Samsung in the competitive smartwatch market. With more consumers seeking wearable devices that offer comprehensive health monitoring capabilities, Samsung's focus on expanding its health-related features could potentially attract more users to the Galaxy Watch lineup.

As the One UI 5 Watch becomes available in the upcoming Galaxy Watch devices and expands to previous editions, users can look forward to an enhanced smartwatch experience that prioritizes their health and well-being. With Samsung's continuous commitment to improving its smartwatch offerings, the Galaxy Watch is set to become an even more powerful tool for monitoring and managing users' cardiovascular health.

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