Samsung to Include Blood Pressure Monitor on its Galaxy Watch Active2

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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 has taken another big leap by offering blood pressure monitoring. Samsung Electronics announced today that the company’s Samsung Health Monitor app has been cleared by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), as a Software as a Medical Device (SaMD), making it a government-cleared, over-the-counter and cuffless blood pressure monitoring application.

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The Samsung Health Monitor app, when paired with advanced sensor technology on the Galaxy Watch Active2, enable users to easily and more conveniently measure and track their blood pressure.

High blood pressure or hypertension is known to significantly increase your risk of brain, kidney and heart diseases, including stroke and coronary heart disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1.13 billion people worldwide have hypertension. By helping users measure and track their blood pressure, the Samsung Health Monitor app gives people greater insight into their health and allows them to make more informed decisions, to lead healthier lives, reports Samsung.

“The Samsung Health Monitor app has the potential to help millions of people around the world who are affected by high blood pressure,” says Taejong Jay Yang, Corporate SVP and Head of Health Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is one of many examples of how Samsung is integrating its best-in-class hardware with the latest software innovations to innovate mobile experiences.”

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Once your Galaxy Watch Active2 device has been calibrated with a traditional cuff, you can simply select the “measure my blood pressure” setting from your Galaxy Watch. The accompanying smartphone app also allows users to track and compare blood pressure values for longer time periods and gives tips on pulse data.

With the addition of blood pressure monitoring, the Galaxy Watch Active2 boasts Samsung’s most advanced health and wellness capabilities yet. The smartwatch comes with more sensitive and accurate Heart Rate Monitoring sensors, and enables users to track their exercise, sleep, stress and get added healthcare insights that can help you improve your wellbeing.

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The Samsung Health Monitor app will be available on the Galaxy Watch Active2 within the third quarter and will progressively expand to upcoming Galaxy Watch devices, Samsung said.

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