How To Use The Galaxy S5’s Heart Rate Monitor

August 5, 2014

file4671234819876Samsung marketed the Galaxy S5’s fitness-oriented specifications heavily, targeting consumers with an active lifestyle. This was apparent from the moment its dust and water-resistant specs were released — a feature that was previously only available in the Galaxy S4’s “Active” variant. In addition, however, the Galaxy S5 also features a surprisingly accurate heart rate monitor, allowing runners and athletes to keep track of their heart rate levels while exercising.

The truth is that most people are clueless when it comes to their heart rate. But failing to observe your heart rate could place you at risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, heat stroke, and dozens of other adverse systems.

As you age, changes in the rate and regularity of your pulse can change and may signify a heart condition or other condition that needs to be addressed,” said Richard Stein, M.D., professor of medicine and cardiology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City

Your heart rate is essentially the number of beats or pulses your heart makes per minute. Some of the factors which may affect your heart rate include weight, air temperature, physical activity levels, medication and body position. Don’t be alarmed if your heart rate spikes during and immediately after you exercise. The Mayo Clinic reports that a “normal” resting heart rate is roughly 60-100 beats per minute, but an active athlete may have a lower resting heart beat of just 40-50 beats per minute. Again, these numbers will increase both during and immediately after you exercise.

To measure your heart beat using the Samsung Galaxy S5, open the app titled “S Health” When you reach the home screen of the app, tap the Heart Rate. Next, place your index finger directly over the heart rate sensor (located on the back, directly underneath the primary camera). Hold your finger in place for 3-5 seconds and release. The app will calculate your resting heart rate in beats per minute (BPM). Sorry if you were expecting more, but that’s all it takes to calculate your heart rate using the Samsung Galaxy S5!

Tip: keep your index finger pressed firmly against the sensor when measuring your heart rate. Also, try to keep it as still as possible. Moving it around or releasing the pressure may throw off the reading.

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