Garmin introduces its first smart blood pressure monitor

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The Garmin Index Smart Blood Pressure Monitor can sync with the Garmin Connect app, keeping all your self recorded health data in one place. | Image: Garmin

Garmin now has an FDA-cleared (not to be confused with FDA approved) smart blood pressure monitor to accompany its other health-focused wearables. The Garmin Index BPM Smart Blood Pressure Monitor allows users to measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure and syncs that data with the Garmin Connect mobile app that also syncs with Garmin devices like smartwatches, chest straps, smart scales, and bike computers.

“When using the Index BPM as part of the larger Garmin ecosystem, all of your health and fitness data can be viewed right in Garmin Connect, helping to give you a more complete look at your overall health in one app,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.

how suitable smartwatches are for blood pressure monitoring.

Garming Index blood pressure monitor Image: Garmin
The cuff can be adjusted to fit arm sizes from 9-17 inches in circumference and shows results via an integrated display.

The Index BPM is FDA-cleared, meaning that the manufacturer can demonstrate that the product is “substantially equivalent” to a similar and legal market device that has either FDA clearance or the gold standard FDA approval. Contextually, rival health company Withings announced its first blood pressure monitor capable of connecting to an iPhone back in 2011. Several other models of smart blood pressure monitors have since been released by Withings, such as the similarly FDA-cleared Withings BPM Connect. So, while this is Garmin’s first attempt at a dedicated smart BPM device, it’s not blazing any trails.

The Garmin Index BPM Smart Blood Pressure Monitor retails for $149.99 and is available to buy now direct from the Garmin website or via third-party retailers.

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