Garmin is the latest company to give its users the ability to take an ECG reading from their wrist. The company is launching a new ECG app that allows users to record their heart rhythm and check for signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), the company announced on Tuesday.
The app, which is the company’s first FDA-cleared smartwatch feature, is available for the Venu 2 Plus in the United States. Garmin plans to add support for more devices and regions in the future, and notes that these plans require further regulatory approval.
Users can use the app to record a 30-second ECG and view their heart rhythm results immediately on the watch or at a later time in the Garmin Connect app. When users take an ECG, the new app uses sensors on the Venu 2 Plus to record the electrical signals that control how their heart beats. The ECG App then analyzes that recording to detect signs of AFib. For context, AFib rhythms occur when the upper and lower chambers of your heart are not beating in sync.
Users can also sync their results to Garmin Connect, which allows users to view their history of ECG results and create reports that can be shared with a healthcare provider.