First Garmin watch gets long-requested AFib detection, with more to follow


What you need to know

  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus owners in the U.S. will receive a new ECG app in the January 24 update.
  • It’s the first Garmin watch to record heart rhythm and detect atrial fibrillation.
  • Garmin also intends to release the app to more watches and in more regions “in-line with necessary regulatory approval.”

Garmin stands above the pack for useful fitness data, but isn’t necessarily at the forefront for health tracking. On Tuesday, it took a step to catch up with rival brands by launching an ECG app on the Garmin Venu 2 Plus, with plans to bring on-demand atrial fibrillation (AFib) detection to other Garmin watches in the future. 

Venu 2 Plus owners should have access to the app after updating their Garmin watch to the latest version. You’ll then have the option to hold the watch’s metal bezel for 30 seconds to create an ECG report, which you can set to export automatically to the Garmin Connect app. The app will save your ECG history and let you export a report to share with your doctor if it shows concerning data.

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