It has been a few years in the making and the release date was later than anticipated but Omron’s new FDA-approved blood pressure watch is here. This is the first FDA-approved blood pressure watch.
One of the most popular posts on this site is in regards to this watch so there is a lot of interest in such a device being made available to those wishing to monitor their heart health. For those that need to monitor their blood pressure closely, it’s probably the most convenient way to do so.
The watch isn’t cheap though. It will list for $499 but it is a medical grade device.
The HeartGuide watch features an inner inflatable cuff inside the strap that expands like a traditional blood pressure cuff. This is what sets it apart from other watches that measure blood pressure. Those use optical sensors and most of them aren’t super accurate and none are FDA-approved as of now.
Battery life looks to be between 1-2 days between recharging. Besides monitoring blood pressure the HeartGuide also will monitor sleep and physical activities with step tracking.
Data is transferred to the HeartAdvisor app where trends can be tracked. This is one of the more useful features of the technology because users will get a picture of what their blood pressure is during different times of the day, during different activities, etc., which can be useful for possibly changing your lifestyle to help your heart.
Like other smartwatches, notifications will be sent to the watch from a connected smartphone such as text message and phone call notifications.
The dimensions of the HeartGuide watch list the diameter at 1.89″ or 48mm, so it’s not a small watch. Case thickness is .55″ or 14mm. Band width is 30 mm, so definitely not a dainty watch on the wrist.
The watch is able to measure blood pressure from wrists measuring 6.3″ – 7.5″ (160 mm – 190 mm). In the future, other the size will be made available according to Omron.
Ordering will be made available on December 20th, 2018. For more information, visit this page.