Samsung has just received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the Galaxy Watch to detect sleep apnea in users, the company announced. The company said that the sleep apnea feature within the Samsung Health Monitor app has obtained De Novo clearance from the US FDA. This feature, capable of detecting sleep apnea using a Samsung Galaxy Watch model and a smartphone compatibles, is the first of its kind to receive FDA approval, following its prior approval by Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced last October.
“The sleep apnea feature allows users over the age of 22 who have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea to detect signs of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) over a two-night monitoring period, a condition of the common and chronic dream that often disappears. “Undiagnosed or treated. To use the feature, users can simply track their sleep twice for more than four hours over a ten-day period,” the company wrote in a post.
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What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by brief interruptions in proper breathing during sleep. It includes several forms, including “central sleep apnea,” in which the brain does not send adequate signals to control breathing during sleep, and “obstructive sleep apnea,” in which relaxed muscles obstruct airflow. towards the lungs.
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OSA causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping and can often lead to disruptions in oxygen delivery, decreased sleep quality, and increased daytime fatigue. Untreated sleep apnea can aggravate the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, and stroke.
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), approximately 25 percent of men and 10 percent of women in the U.S. experience OSA, the company noted in the post.
The new feature of the Samsung Health Monitor app is expected to help more people proactively detect moderate or severe forms of OSA and, as a result of the detection, seek medical care to reduce the possibility of health-related complications.