Samsung Galaxy Watch’s Blood Pressure monitoring as an aid for Parkinson’s disease

Samsung Active Blood Pressure monitor

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[2]:

  • light-headedness or dizziness

  • shoulder or neck pain

  • blurred vision

  • feeling weak or confusion

  • fainting

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.Samsung Galaxy watch blood pressure for Parkinson's disease

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.


[1] Variations in Blood pressure in Parkinson’s disease

[2] Managing low blood pressure and Parkinson’s

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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