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CAUTION: The information gathered from Samsung devices and/or related software is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. The accuracy of the information and data provided by these devices and related software, including heart rate readings, may be affected by factors such as environmental conditions, skin condition, specific activity performed while wearing the device, settings of the device, user configuration/user provided information, sensor placement, and other end-user interactions. Please refer to the user manual for each device for more information on proper wear and use.
Note: Gear devices includes wearable products such as Gear S, Gear Fit, and ICONX.
The heart rate sensor measures your heart rate in Beats per Minute using an optical LED light source and an LED light sensor. The light shines through your skin, and the sensor measures the amount of light that reflects back. The light reflections will vary as blood pulses under your skin pass the light. The variations in the light reflections are interpreted as heartbeats.
Note: When the Gear/Mobile device is synced with a compatible S Health app, it can be used to then estimate measurements such as heart rate and calories burned. Additionally, when your device is paired with the S Health application, you can use additional features. These additional features include checking your exercise records, and more.
1. What does it tell you about your overall health?
Knowing your heart rate can be useful because it helps you determine whether your exercise is intense enough to provide health benefits, but not so intense that it could present physical complications. Doctors don’t typically recommend that individuals track only their heart rates, but what they eat, drink, and how much rest is needed to recover after any physical activity. Heart rate monitors can be great tools for getting interested in your health, but you should always start by speaking with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen*.
The accuracy of the information and data provided by this device and its related software, including heart rate readings, may be affected by factors such as environmental conditions, skin condition, specific activity performed while using/wearing the device, settings of the device, user configuration, user-provided information, placement of the sensor on the body, and other end-user interactions. Please refer to the user manual for more information on proper wear and use.
2. What doesn’t it tell you?
Heart rate monitors or activity trackers can’t tell you if you’re fit for any physical activity. Only your doctor can tell you that. Your doctor should be able to assess your current health, and help you create an exercise program that’s right for you. While the heart rate sensor on your Samsung smartphone or Gear wearable can be a useful tool for motivating you and tracking your exercise intensity, the heart rate sensor and compatible S Health app are not medical devices and are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent a disease or medical condition. *
* Some applications or prolonged usage may increase device temperature. Prolonged skin contact with a device that is hot to the touch may produce skin discomfort or redness, or low-temperature burns. If the device feels hot to the touch, discontinue use and close all applications or turn off the device until it cools. Always ensure that the device has adequate ventilation and air flow. Covering the device with bedding, your body, thick clothing or any other materials that significantly affect air flow may affect the performance of the device and poses a possible risk of fire or explosion, which could lead to serious bodily injuries or damage to property.
Resting heart rate varies from person to person depending on factors that include age, height, weight, and health.
1. Heart Rate Ranges:
Resting heart rate range (male) Resting heart rate range (female)
Resting heart rate data is based on estimates for U.S. nationals (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Statistics Reports, no. 41, 2011)
When you measure your heart rate using the heart rate sensor, choose your status depending on your level of activity at the time of the measurement.
S Health measures your heart rate with a light and sensor located on the back of supported Gear devices, Galaxy phones, and other devices.
CAUTION: Do not look directly at the heart rate sensor’s lights. Doing so may impair your vision.
1. Measuring HRS with a Gear device:
When measuring your heart rate with a Gear device, wear the Gear snugly on your arm above your wrist as shown in the following figure. Do not fasten the Gear too tightly.
CAUTION: If you feel discomfort while using the device, stop using it and remove it from your wrist. If your device becomes hot to the touch, remove it until it cools.
2. Measuring HRS with a mobile phone:
When measuring your heart rate with a Galaxy phone place your finger on the sensor as shown. Press your finger to the sensor lightly.
3. Measuring HRS with a Gear Icon X:
CAUTION: Do not touch the Heart Rate Sensor with your finger when handling or while in use for measuring heart rate, as this may affect accuracy of the device reading. Do not put the earbuds in your ears without earbud tips. Doing so may cause injury. Do not pull the earbud tip excessively. The earbud tip may tear.
When measuring your heart rate with an ICON X, make sure to attach the earbud tips and wingtips to the earbuds.
a. Check the direction of each earbud and insert them into your ears with the wingtip facing upwards until they sit comfortably in your ears.
CAUTION: Do not touch the heart rate sensor while you are putting an earbud in your ear. If the heart rate sensor comes into contact with your skin before wearing the earbud, it may not function properly.
b. Adjust the earbuds by rotating them to the left or right to fit your ears.
The heart rate sensor will automatically detect that you are wearing the earbuds when you put them on.
Then, the earbuds will automatically turn on and emit a beep.
Note: This is not the case for the ICONX device.
A minimum separation of six (6) inches should be maintained between a handheld/body worn wireless mobile device and an implantable medical device, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator, to avoid potential interference with the device.
Persons who have such devices:
For more information see: www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html#.