FDA Indicates Removal of Cardiac-tracking Feature from Smart Scale Device

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Nokia plans to remove Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) feature from its Body Cardio smart scale due to regulatory approval issues, as announced on January 22, 2018.

The company revealed that the removal of this feature will be seen in its software update on January 24, 2018. It however, has not mentioned when it plans on bringing the feature back to its app. Currently, the company suspended sales of the Body Cardio, and will resume sales after removing the old feature.

This measured the user’s blood flows through the veins. Pulse wave velocity measurements are useful for arterial stiffness, as well as for measuring cardiac health such as hypertension or high blood pressure. However, the Body Cardio scale is classified with the FDA as a ‘wellness device, and does not require testing and paperwork.

Pulse wave velocity measurements will only be affected during approval. The rest of the scale’s functions, including weight and heart rate reading, will stay intact. This device will help monitor health at the convenience of the patient and record data in real-time.

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