The new sleep apnea feature on the Samsung Health Monitor app has been certified by Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and will be available in Korea early next year on the Galaxy Watch series, as per the announcement from Samsung Electronics today. The new function is designed to help more individuals detect early-stage obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, which typically go undetected and untreated. The new sleep apnea function on the Galaxy Watch joins blood pressure monitoring, electrocardiogram (ECG) detection, and irregular heart rhythm notification (IHRN) as the newest additions to the Samsung Health Monitor app, providing users with greater awareness of their overall health from the palm of their hand.
Beginning early next year, it will be accessible on the Galaxy Watch series in Korea via Samsung Health Monitor app upgrades. Sleep apnea, a common but significant medical illness, causes someone to stop breathing while asleep, resulting in interruptions in oxygen delivery, decreased sleep quality, and other health consequences such as hypertension, cardiac disorder, stroke, or cognitive disorder. The sleep apnea function monitors blood oxygen levels during sleep and identifies moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea by analyzing how the recorded blood oxygen values change to apnea or hypopnea and then estimating the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) using the Galaxy Watch’s BioActive Sensor.
Around 25% of men and 10% of women in the US suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and fail to recognize their symptoms or seek medical treatment, as per the National Sleep Foundation. The new sleep apnea function is intended to enable more individuals to proactively detect indications of the illness, encourage early detection, and lessen the potential for health-related consequences. Users must measure their sleep twice, each time for more than 4 hours, over the course of 10 days to determine whether they experience these symptoms. The availability may differ depending on the market, carrier, model, or linked smartphone. It will be accessible via the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 5 models.
Hon. Pak, Vice President and Head of Digital Health Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics, said, Samsung remains committed to delivering advanced technologies to Galaxy wearables that help more people better understand and take control of their wellness. With the new sleep apnea feature on the Galaxy Watch series, we are providing users with a simple, proactive tool to recognize this disorder in its earliest possible stages before their condition worsens.”
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