First Garmin watch gets long-requested AFib detection, with more to follow

What you need to know

  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus owners in the US will receive a new ECG app in the January 24th update.
  • It is the first Garmin watch to record heart rate and detect atrial fibrillation.
  • Garmin also intends to release the app for more watches and in more regions “subject to necessary regulatory approval.”

Garmin leads the pack for useful fitness data, but isn’t necessarily at the forefront of health tracking. On Tuesday, it took a step to catch up with rival brands by launching an ECG app on the Garmin Venu 2 Plus, with plans to bring on-demand atrial fibrillation (AFib) detection to other Garmin watches in the future.

Venu 2 Plus owners should be able to access the app after updating their Garmin watch to the latest version. You’ll then have the option to hold the watch’s metal frame for 30 seconds to create an ECG report that you can set to automatically export to the Garmin Connect app. The app saves your EKG history and lets you export a report to share with your doctor if it shows relevant data.

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