The Garmin Enduro 2 is my favorite Garmin sports watch and checks out every box I could want in a watch. For years, I’ve asked Garmin to include blood pressure as a metric in its ecosystem because it’s a key element in overall health tracking. This became a little more important to me this year when I started taking low-dose medication to control my blood pressure levels.
Garmin just announced Smart blood pressure monitor Index BPM and as soon as I received the notification email, I placed an order for one of the monitors. I used it brilliantly Withings BP . trackerbut since I’ve got my hands on the Garmin ecosystem I either want to include my Withings readings or let Garmin launch on its own so I almost feel like this was done to meet my requirements.
The Garmin Index BPM Smart Blood Pressure Monitor Available now for $149.99. This is an FDA certified monitor that can be purchased using FSA or HSA funds. While the ultimate experience is integrating your measurements into Garmin Connect, you can also use it as a standalone device with a built-in display that shows the user your measurements.
The monitor has built-in Wi-Fi so it can sync with Garmin Connect. Through a smartphone app or website, users can:
- View measurement history and trends along with other health stats from Garmin devices.
- Set a reminder to measure your blood pressure.
- See results in 7 days, 4 weeks and 1 year reports. Reports can even be exported as PDFs to share with healthcare providers.
I try to measure my blood pressure a few times a week as I work to lose weight, hopefully to the point where I don’t need medication anymore. These reminders will hopefully help me measure my blood pressure daily or every other day to build trends that I can then share with my doctor.
Up to nine months of battery life is provided via four AAA batteries, although I would have liked a rechargeable battery with a USB-C charging port. Arm sizes ranging from 9 to 17 inches in circumference can use the cuff with up to 16 users supported with each sphygmomanometer. I look forward to testing usability, accuracy, and reporting.