Garmin expands work in cardiac health

Garmin teamed up with app developer Cardiogram to integrate new heart health services into its wearables Aug. 9, building on Garmin's ongoing pivot toward the medical market.

Cardiogram's health app analyzes heart rate data from a user's smartwatch to provide insights into their health, sleep, stress and fitness behaviors. Through an ongoing research partnership with UC San Francisco, Cardiogram has demonstrated its app's ability to detect medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes.

As of Aug. 9, users of select Garmin smartwatches can download Cardiogram's health app from Apple's App Store or the Google Play store. Those who download the app can also opt into Cardiogram's cardiology research project with UCSF, called mRhythm.

Garmin's partnership with Cardiogram marks its second recent project focused on medical conditions, rather than general fitness. In May, Garmin entered into a research collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, under which researchers will evaluate whether Garmin's wearables could detect conditions like sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation.

"Garmin is committed to the development of wearables that can lead to the detection of serious health conditions," Travis Johnson, global product lead at Garmin Health, said in a news release. "Garmin Health is excited to work with an innovative company like Cardiogram on this ground-breaking research that aligns with our apnea and [atrial fibrillation] studies already underway."

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