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Blood pressure monitoring on Galaxy Watches could help Parkinson’s disease patients

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Last updated: September 15th, 2021 at 09:45 UTC+02:00

All recent Samsung smartwatches—Galaxy Watch Active 2, Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Watch 4 series—feature blood pressure monitoring. A recent study published in the medical journal Frontiers in Neurology has revealed that blood pressure monitoring on Galaxy Watches could help patients with Parkinson’s disease easily manage Orthostatic Hypotension (OH).

Orthostatic Hypotension, a common issue found among Parkinson’s disease patients, is a form of low blood pressure caused by blood vessels failing to constrict. It comes with risks of falls among elderly patients or those who have heart-related issues. Galaxy Watches with blood pressure monitoring can help detect fluctuations for diagnosing and managing Parkinson’s disease.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch 4, and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic use pulse wave analysis using heart rate sensors to monitor blood pressure. Samsung Medical Center’s Dr. Jin Whan Cho and Dr. Jong Hyeon Ahn compared blood pressure readings of the Galaxy Watch 3 with a sphygmomanometer to compare the accuracy of Samsung’s smartwatches. The test found that readings from the Galaxy Watch 3 were comparable.

The test was conducted on 56 patients with an average age of 66.9 years. The mean and standard deviations of the differences between the Galaxy Watch 3 and the sphygmomanometer were 0.4 ± 4.6 mmHg for systolic BP (SBP). For diastolic BP (DBP), the deviations were 1.1 ± 4.5 mmHg. The correlation coefficient (r) between them was 0.967 for SBP and 0.916 for DBP, which means that the two devices are extremely close.

The research team said, “Orthostatic hypotension is a common and challenging symptom that affects people living with PD. But it is hard to screen just by observing symptoms, and the problem may go undetected when measuring BP. If we could use a smartwatch to measure patients’ BP regularly and detect potential issues at an early stage, it would really help treat and manage PD.

The blood pressure monitoring is available on select Galaxy Watches via the Samsung Health Monitor app in the following countries:

  1. Austria
  2. Australia
  3. Brazil
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Chile
  7. Croatia
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Cyprus
  10. Denmark
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Georgia
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hong Kong
  18. Hungary
  19. Iceland
  20. Indonesia
  21. Ireland
  22. Italy
  23. South Korea
  24. Latvia
  25. Lithuania
  26. Netherlands
  27. Norway
  28. Peru
  29. Poland
  30. Portugal
  31. Russia
  32. Romania
  33. Slovakia
  34. Slovenia
  35. Spain
  36. Sweden
  37. Switzerland
  38. Thailand
  39. UAE
  40. UK

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