ECG or Electrocardiogram is a health feature that is pretty in demand these days, and many premium smartwatches such as Apple Watch 7, Samsung Galaxy 4, and Fitbit Sense comes with built-in ECG features. Garmin is also the giant in the smartwatch industry but do Garmin watches have ECG? If yes, which Garmin watches have this feature. Let’s find out!
What is ECG?
Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a process where the sensors in your watch record the rhythm and electrical activity of your heart and represent the data in the form of a graph. The doctors use this graph to determine if you have any heart issues.
If we look at the accuracy, ECG is pretty accurate, and it can diagnose major heart problems accurately. ECG can accurately detect heart problems such as arrhythmias, heart attacks, cardiomyopathy, and coronary heart disease. However, some defects, such as valvular defects, can’t be detected by using an ECG. So, the crux of the discussion here is that you shouldn’t fully rely on ECG, and even if ECG is completely normal, you should consult your doctor.
The biggest benefit of having an ECG feature on your smartwatch is that it can help you detect the majority of the heart problems at the early stages, and it can potentially save your life. So, it’s nice to have such an effective and useful life-saving feature on smartwatches.
Do Garmin Watches have ECG?
Garmin is one of those companies that like to perfect their features before they release, and when it comes to ECG, there’s no exception. While the majority of the smartwatch companies, such as Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit, have already launched ECG for their smartwatches, Garmin hasn’t released ECG for any of its smartwatches.
However, it doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working on it. The company has been working on ECG for months now, and they are in the final stages of development. They have also been testing it on their smartwatches, and proof of it is that a few months back, a Garmin user found ECG test mode on his Venu 2 Plus. Also, we had reports that the company might launch the ECG feature in its flagship smartwatches, such as Garmin Forerunner 955, but it didn’t happen, and the new Garmin 955 doesn’t come with any ECG Feature.
The current status of Garmin ECG is that the company is working on it. In February of this year, Garmin also launched a clinical trial to test its ECG feature. According to reports, the Garmin ECG feature showed satisfactory results in the trial, but the official result hasn’t been posted on the website. It means that the company is still working on its ECG feature, and there are chances that we might see the new Garmin watches with ECG at the end or start of the next year.
What is AFib?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of heart arrhythmia where your heart beats in an irregular pattern. It’s a life-threatening condition, and most smartwatches, including Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch 4, and Fitbit Sense, can detect it.
Do Garmin watches have AFib?
When it comes to Garmin watches, they don’t have AFib detection for now as the ECG feature isn’t available for any Garmin watch. However, Garmin is reportedly working on it with the ECG program, and according to multiple reports, Garmin conducted a study in July of last year where they studied over 460 people, both young and old ones including Men and Women.
The company tested this feature on people with a history of AFib. In the study, the company compared a Garmin Single-lead ECG device with a professional 120-lead ECG device.
The results of the study weren’t published, but there are chances that Garmin might reveal the results once it gets FDA Approval. However, it shows that Garmin is also working on AFib detection with its ECG feature, and once the company launches this feature, the supported Garmin watches will have AFib detection.
Does Garmin Fenix 7 have ECG?
Currently, the ECG feature isn’t available on Garmin Fenix 7, but there’s a possibility that the company might make ECG feature available for Fenix 7 users via a software update in the future.
Does Garmin Forerunner 955 have ECG?
Garmin Forerunner 955 is the latest and premium smartwatch by the company, but it also doesn’t come with ECG.
Does Garmin Venu 2 Plus have ECG?
Garmin Venu 2 Plus comes with an ECG app in test mode, but it’s not available for regular users. However, it shows that if Garmin launches the ECG feature, Garmin Venu 2 Plus would be the very first Garmin watches that will get this feature.