Smartwatches are becoming more robust, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Garmin is the latest brand to let you take an electrocardiogram right from your wrist, and the new app will be available to US users who have.
Garmin’s EKG app works by detecting signs of atrial fibrillation, or AFib, an irregular and often rapid heartbeat that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other serious health events.
You can use the app to record a 30-second ECG and view the results immediately on the smartwatch or view the results laterA connecting app that you can later show to a healthcare provider if needed.
like, the Garmin ECG app is not a diagnostic tool. But it may be the cue you need to make an appointment with a doctor, as well as offer a little more insight into your health.
“The ECG app is Garmin’s first FDA-cleared smartwatch feature, and we’re excited to offer this revolutionary tool to our customers as another way to stay on top of their health,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of global consumer sales, in a press release.
The Garmin ECG feature is available on the Venu 2 Plus and requires the latest version of the Connect app. The company said it intends to expand the app to other products as well as other regions, pending regulatory approval.
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