The Samsung Galaxy Watch has plenty of advanced health features but some of them are not yet being made available in Malaysia including blood pressure and ECG monitoring capabilities. These features require approvals from authorities before they can be made available to users but Samsung has since passed that very hurdle though.
First highlighted by our serial tipster Kevin Ng TK, the Samsung ECG App has been listed inside the Medical Device Authority’s database on 1 January 2023. The listing took place almost two months after the Samsung Blood Pressure App received the same seal of approval.
— Kevin Ng TK 🇲🇾🌺 (@KevinNgTK) January 5, 2023
Now that both apps have been given the green light by the local health authorities, Samsung shouldn’t have any problem activating both Samsung Health Monitor features for Samsung Galaxy Watch owners in Malaysia. However, Samsung Malaysia has nothing to announce at the moment in regards to both features when we reached out to the company to obtain additional information.
Both the blood pressure and ECG features are supported by Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch3, and Galaxy Watch Active2. Unlike the blood pressure feature though, there is no calibration needed before you can start recording an ECG using these smartwatches although Samsung pointed out that users should avoid hard exercise for at least 5 minutes before taking the measurement.
Once the ECG measurement is done, the data would then be sent to users’ Samsung Galaxy phones for safekeeping. They also have the option to share the data in the form of a PDF report with a doctor for further consultation.
Just like Apple Watch, the ECG feature for Galaxy Watch is designed to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) which is a condition whereby the heart beats in an irregular manner. While AFib can be a sign of an underlying heart issue, Samsung has made it clear that this feature is not meant to detect signs of a heart attack.