Fitbit Sense’s ECG function received regulatory clearance in Singapore

Fitbit’s electrocardiogram (ECG) app has received local regulatory clearance for use in Singapore. It is now available for use on Fitbit’s Sense (S$418, available on Lazada and Shopee) fitness smartwatch.

Thus, you can monitor your heart health by measuring and recording your heart’s electrical activity via Fitbit Sense with the ECG App.

Fitbit Sense. (Photo: Fitbit)

In Singapore, cardiovascular disease accounted for nearly 30 per cent of all deaths in 2019. In other words, almost 1 in 3 deaths here was due to heart diseases or stroke. ECG tests help doctors detect heart problems, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). It is an electrical problem in the heart that causes the heart to beat in an irregular rhythm.

AFib can be hard to detect, but the Fitbit ECG app – via the Sense – lets you check in on your heart rhythm right from you wrist for a better chance of spotting and treating it.

You can find the ECG app on the Fitbit Sense after a software update. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

Currently in the consumer electronics market, only the Apple Watch Series 4, 5 and 6 smartwatches are able to take ECG readings. And the way the measurements taken on the Fitbit Sense is pretty similar to the Apple Watch.

You hold your index finger and thumb on the metal corners of the Fitbit Sense while seated and staying still for 30 seconds to get a reading. You can then download the readings and share them with your doctor to help detect any early signs of heart problems.

It is important to note that these ECG readings cannot diagnose AFib but would allow your doctor to get a better understanding.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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