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Shown above are Galaxy Watch products of Samsung Electronics. A recent study showed that it helped patients deal with their disease. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Galaxy Watch’s function helps patients

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics announced on Sept. 15 that a recent study had shown blood pressure monitoring on Galaxy Watch could help patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

The Seoul-based company said that the research had been recently printed in the medical journal Frontiers in Neurology.

The firm’s smartwatches feature sensors, which can monitor blood pressure through pulse wave analysis, which is tracked with heart rate monitoring sensors.

Users can monitor their blood pressure and other vitals in the dedicated application and share them with medical professionals during consultations.

The test was conducted on 56 patients with a sphygmomanometer reference on one arm and the Galaxy Watch3 on the other. Each patient had their blood pressure measured with both devices three times.

The patients’ mean age was 66.9.

“Orthostatic hypotension is a common and challenging symptom that affects people living with Parkinson’s Disease. But it is hard to screen just by observing symptoms, and the problem may go undetected when measuring blood pressure,” the research team said in a statement.

“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.”

Members of the Samsung Medical Center headed the research team, including Cho Jin-whan and Ahn Jong-hyeon.

The study was titled “Validation of Blood Pressure Measurement Using a Smartwatch in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease.”

Samsung Electronics is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, memory chips, and flat-panel displays.

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