Garmin, best known for its smartwatches and GPS navigators, is stepping into new territory in health monitoring with its first smart blood pressure monitor, the Index BPM.
The first thing to notice is Index BPM (opens in new tab) Much bulkier than smartwatches and the like.The likely reason for its size is that it allows the device to fit around your biceps and provide accurate readings. (opens in new tab)According to Garmin, those that measure with a cuff are not widely available and those that use pulse transit time “must be calibrated regularly with a traditional home sphygmomanometer”. Index BPM says it can, whereas it usually cannot “track systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): (opens in new tab), systolic pressure refers to the arterial pressure when the heart is beating, and diastolic pressure is the pressure when the heart is at rest. Knowing both is important for heart health. Both measurements are displayed on his OLED screen in the index, with corresponding “SYS” and “DIA” indicators so you know which number is which.
The Index BPM strap fits a variety of arm sizes from 9 to 17 inches (22 to 42 cm) in circumference. Garmin says it’s powered by four AAA batteries that last nine months before needing replacement.
On the software side, Index BPM’s features allow for multiple users and reporting methods.the device is Garmin Connect mobile app (opens in new tab) View detailed blood pressure readings, add notes, and view the overall history of your device over Wi-Fi. Collected data can also be viewed in the app as weekly, monthly and yearly reports.
You can create up to 16 different user profiles in the Connect app Index BPM. Each profile tracks measurements for each person using the device. And that data can be synced to his other Garmin Connect apps, so people can read reports on their devices.
Garmin points out that the Index BPM has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Every time a new medical device hits the market, The FDA tests them to make sure they are safe. (opens in new tab) If something is “FDA cleared,” that means the device works like existing ones and doesn’t require special “premarket approval.” “FDA-approved”, on the other hand, usually pertains to drugs and things that can directly affect human health.
Index BPM is available now for $149.99 (US only). garmin online store (opens in new tab).
potential new trends
Garmin may have been the first to offer accurate blood pressure monitoring. struggles with precision. According to a Bloomberg report (opens in new tab)Apple wants to add this feature to the Apple Watch, but it doesn’t look like it’s coming until 2024.
Huawei, on the other hand, seems to be making the technology work. TechRadar’s Lance Ulanoff recently Huawei Watch D at the IFA 2022 event where the device measured his systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Be sure to check our coverage.