Electrocardiogram Monitoring Cleared for Galaxy Watch Active2

Ruben Fields
May 26, 2020

Samsung sold hundreds of thousands of Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 smartwatches with the promise of ECG functionality in Q1 2020, but ended up missing the deadline. So it was only a matter of time before Samsung followed suit on the feature.

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. Thankfully, it appears that the feature will soon be activated for users to enjoy.

With the ECG feature enabled, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be able to indicate if the user is suffering from Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), a common abnormal heart rhythm that affects about 33.5 million people across the globe. "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".

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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is unquestionably one of the best (if not the absolute best) Android-compatible smartwatch available today, but until we can take Samsung seriously as a challenger to Apple's throne, the Korea-based tech giant has a number of hardware and software limitations to solve. The app will then measure your heart rate and rhythm, which will be classified as either a Sinus Rhythm (a normal, regular heartbeat) or AFib (when the heart beats irregularly). Users will be able to gain some insight into their health using the ECG result and the BP measurement.

"Simply open the Samsung Health Monitor app when you are seated comfortably, and ensure the watch is fitted firmly to your wrist".

Samsung has promised an ECG (electrocardiogram) feature for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 ever since it was launched in August 2019, and it looks like we finally have some movement on that front - albeit only in Samsung's home market of South Korea.

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