Today, Samsung announced that its Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification (IHRN) feature has been approved by the US FDA. IHRN will add to the ECG functionality, helping you track abnormal heart rhythms and, as the name suggests, get notified when something abnormal happens.
The feature will debut on Samsung’s own One UI 5 Watch wearing the operating system skin that will run on the Galaxy Watch6 series, and according to the latest rumors, will be officially released later this year, time for sometime in July.
One UI 5 Watch will then make its way to the Galaxy Watch5 series and Galaxy Watch4 series in due course following the launch of the Galaxy Watch6 series.
IHRN actively monitors rhythms suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a heart rhythm disorder considered a warning sign of major cardiovascular problems, increasing the risk of stroke, heart failure and other complications. Some cases of AFib are asymptomatic or even asymptomatic, which means you may have it and not realize it.
When activated in the Samsung Health Monitor app, the feature will check for irregular heartbeats If a certain number of consecutive measurements are irregular, the watch will warn you of potential AFib activity, prompting you to take an EKG Check for a more accurate measurement.