Samsung Launches Blood Pressure Monitoring, ECG for Galaxy Watch4 in Canada

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Samsung on Wednesday announced the launch of its new health and wellness features for the Galaxy Watch4 Series, including blood pressure monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG), in Canada.

“The Galaxy Watch4 Series is now equipped to help categorize and track a wide range of new and recently released health and wellness offerings,” said Samsung Canada.

Canadian Galaxy Watch4 owners can now get Advanced Sleep & Continuity SPO2 data and measurements from the device’s BioActive Sensor, which tracks Optical Heart Rate and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, directly from the Samsung Health Monitor app.

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The new blood pressure monitoring feature lets Watch4 owners measure their blood pressure at any time through the Samsung Health Monitor app and track it closely.

The Galaxy Watch4 Series measures blood pressure through pulse wave analysis, which is tracked with the Heart Rate Monitoring sensors. Users can simply tap it to measure their blood pressure at their convenience and see results on their Galaxy smartphone Samsung Health Monitor app.

The Galaxy Watch4 is the first smartwatch in Canada to get both blood pressure monitoring and ECG features together, according to Samsung.

Apple introduced ECG technology with the Apple Watch Series 4 back in 2018. Apple wasn’t able to launch ECG tracking in Canada right away, though, and it wasn’t until July 2019 that the feature made its way up north.

Much like Apple’s implementation, the ECG functionality in the Watch4 Series notifies users if it detects an irregular heartbeat.

The new electrocardiogram feature on the Galaxy Watch4 Series works by analyzing the heart’s electrical activity, classifying it as either a Sinus Rhythm (a normal, regular heartbeat) or AFib (when the heart beats irregularly). Users who receive an AFib reading are encouraged to consult with their qualified health professional to address any questions or concerns. Being able to monitor heart health on a regular basis allows users to be more informed on their overall health.

You’ll need to have the Samsung Health Monitor app installed on both your Galaxy Watch4 Series device and your Galaxy smartphone to use the new blood pressure and ECG measurements. Samsung updated the Samsung Health Monitor app on the Galaxy Watch4 Series to add the new features on April 20, 2022.

“The needs of today’s smartwatch user is continuously evolving. With this new software update, Samsung is providing access to meaningful data and insights to support Canadians in advancing their health and wellness goals,” said Raj Doshi, Head of Mobile Business at Samsung Canada, in an issued statement via email.

“We are excited to introduce these new features and innovations as part of our wider commitment to redefining holistic wellness.”