While smartwatches are not a substitute for medical-grade equipment, it still doesn’t stop manufacturers from packing a whole bunch of health monitoring functions in them. Your smartwatch is well-equipped to track your runs, workouts, and other exercises, but ECG and BP data should generally be taken with a grain of salt. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch is one of the few smartwatches that are somewhat reliable when it comes to BP monitoring, as they require calibration after every 4 weeks. If you’re keen on using your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch to measure blood pressure, here’s how you can go about it.
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Calibrate your Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch
Your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch needs to be calibrated to provide accurate blood pressure readings. For this, you will need a traditional blood pressure monitoring device. A regular home BP monitor is sufficient for this task. You can use a manual BP monitor as well. Here’s how.
Step 1: Wrap your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch around your wrist and make sure it is a snug, comfortable fit. Strap the home BP monitor on the opposite arm.
Step 2: Launch the Samsung Health Monitor app on your smartwatch and select Blood Pressure.
Step 3: The calibration process will require you to launch the Samsung Health Monitor app on your phone as well. Follow the on-screen instructions on the watch and open your phone when prompted.
Step 4: Continue the calibration process on your smartphone.
Step 5: Turn on your home BP monitor. At the same time, turn on BP monitoring on your smartwatch as well.
Step 6: Once the process is over. Record the Systolic and Diastolic readings taken by your home BP monitor and manually feed them into the Samsung Health app on your smartphone.
Step 7: Repeat this process three times.
Once the calibration is complete, your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch will be able to monitor your blood pressure on its own and will provide accurate readings for up to 4 weeks. After that, you will need to calibrate it again.
Here’s how you can measure your Blood Pressure using a calibrated Samsung Galaxy smartwatch
Once the calibration is complete, follow these steps to monitor your BP using your Samsung smartwatch.
Step 1: Wrap your watch around your wrist. Make sure it is not too tight,
Step 2: One the app drawer on your Galaxy watch and launch the Samsung Health Monitor app.
Step 3: Select Blood Pressure and tap on ‘Measure’.
Your watch will take some time to measure your BP and display the readings on the screen once it’s done. You can view the results on your smartphone as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Samsung Galaxy Watch have a blood pressure monitoring function?
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Watch comes with a blood pressure monitoring function, but only for certain markets. Check Samsung’s website to see if your region is on the list.
Can I use Galaxy Watch to measure blood pressure in India?
Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t rolled out this feature in India yet. The only alternative you have is to use the modded Samsung Health app on your Galaxy Watch and smartphone to measure your BP.
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This is how you can measure your blood pressure using a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch. As of now, Samsung has not rolled out the ECG and BP monitoring features for Galaxy Watch in India. You will need a modded Samsung Health app for your smartphone and Galaxy Watch to gain access to these functions. Lastly, you should note that the BP readings taken using smartwatches should not be considered a substitute for those taken using medical-grade equipment.
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