Samsung introduced blood pressure monitoring via its Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 product. The Samsung Watch (SM-R850) is one of the first popular smartwatches to include a blood pressure monitoring feature.
Now, Samsung is studying whether the watch can help patients with Parkinson’s disease stay healthier.
Patients with Parkinson’s disease are known to have wide fluctuations in their blood pressure.
If you have Parkinson’s disease and have sometimes felt light-headed or dizzy when changing from a seated position to standing, you may be experiencing something called orthostatic hypotension or fluctuating low blood pressure – Micheal j fox.
Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often have dysautonomia and neuropsychiatric and sleep disorders, influencing BP. It is difficult to control BP when hypertension coexists with these complications.
The symptoms of low blood pressure can include:
light-headedness or dizziness
shoulder or neck pain
feeling weak or confusion
To address the needs of patients with Parkinson’s disease who have orthostatic hypertension, Samsung is leading a trial to study if the Galaxy Watch 3 can be used for Ambulatory BP measurements in patients.
Galaxy smartwatches can measure blood pressure via the Samsung Health Monitor app, which provides users with deeper insight into health and makes more informed decisions about their wellness. Early this year, Samsung expanded blood pressure monitoring and ECG to more than 31 countries.
The new study titled ‘Feasibility of ambulatory blood pressure measurement using the smartwatch in patients with Parkinson’s disease” will recruit 50 patients and measure the blood pressure at 30 minutes intervals using the Smartwatch (SM-R850) and compare the results with the standard instrument (TONOPORTV).
The new interventional study is being sponsored by Samsung Medical Center and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The date of first enrollment is scheduled for April 1st, 2021.