Owners of Galaxy Watch Active 2 in Brazil they are receiving an update with several resources focused on health: the Samsung Health Monitor app is capable of performing electrocardiogram (ECG) and measuring your blood pressure; the watch also measures VO2 max, which indicates your aerobic capacity. In addition, there is the drop detector that makes emergency calls if necessary.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 takes ECG and measures pressure
In August, Samsung’s app for pressure and ECG was approved by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency), a necessary step so that these resources could be offered to users. Both features are also expected to arrive soon on the Galaxy Watch 3, recently launched for up to R $ 2,999; it is manufactured in Brazil.
To perform a ECG, you need to keep the watch on your wrist and open the Health Monitor app. Then sit down, rest your arm on a flat surface and place your fingertip on the top button. This is able to identify atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia.
Samsung warns that the ECG performed with a watch “is not intended for users with known arrhythmias other than atrial fibrillation, or for users under 22 years of age.” In addition, the feature only works if Watch Active 2 is paired with a Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher.
The procedure is a little different for measure blood pressure. First of all, it is necessary to perform the calibration: you must use a traditional sphygmomanometer to obtain your systolic and diastolic values, which must be entered in the application. Thereafter, the watch will be able to estimate its pressure.
As with ECG, the blood pressure feature is only available for watches paired with a Samsung phone running Android 7 or later.
The update changelog also mentions these new features:
- advanced racing analysis: provides the data you need to become a better runner
- VO2 max: informs your cardiorespiratory resistance
- detect falls: the watch can make an emergency call and send messages to an emergency contact when a severe drop is detected
- advanced notification: as soon as you receive a message notification, a chat window will appear and you can also view images
- AR / Bitmoji Emoji: use the AR Emoji and Bitmoji features created by the phone on the watch
- Screen Prints: support scrolling capture and automatic sending to phone when complete
Apple Watch activated the electrocardiogram app in Brazil in July, some time after Anvisa’s approval; the feature is compatible with Watch Series 4 and later. However, the watch cannot natively estimate blood pressure.
The update for Galaxy Watch 2 (via @dxxvgs):