Garmin is upgrading by rolling out a feature that’s already available on Apple and Samsung watches

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Garmin has implemented a new health metric for your Venu 2 Plus. The watch can now perform an electrocardiogram to detect possible atrial fibrillation.

Garmin Venus 2 Plus
The Garmin Venu 2 Plus // Source: Garmin

In the market for connected sports watches, Garmin is a benchmark as the manufacturer offers many models and, above all, many functions for training. However, the American brand was still behind on certain health features compared to more traditional smartwatch makers.

While Garmin watches could already measure heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, or heart rate variability, they nevertheless failed to detect possible atrial fibrillation. Now it is so thanks to the update of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus. The watch thus becomes the first from Garmin to be able to use its electrocardiogram to detect atrial fibrillation, in the same way as the Apple Watch Series 8, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, the Google Pixel Watch or the Withings Scanwatch.

Specifically, while most Garmin connected watches already include an electrocardiogram, this is primarily used to measure heart rate variability and its long-term evolution. Garmin watches did not, until now, include a function dedicated to the detection of atrial fibrillation.

A function that takes advantage of the metal casing

To take advantage of atrial fibrillation detection on your smartwatch, users can update their smartwatch. From then on, they will have to place their fingers on the edges of the case so that a slight electrical current is transmitted through the arms so that the watch can analyze the electrical activity of the heart.

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is just the first Garmin smartwatch to take advantage of this new feature. However, it is not the most exclusive model of the American manufacturer, since the watch is mainly oriented towards physical use. Thus, we can expect that this function will gradually be deployed to other ranges of Garmin watches such as the Forerunner, the Epix or the Fenix, either using the bezel or the metal buttons.

Also note that, for now, only users with a US Garmin account can take advantage of this new feature. Since the electrocardiogram for the detection of atrial fibrillation is a medical device, it must be certified by the authorities of the different countries before its deployment.

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