Heart Disease and Medical Alert ID Bracelets

If you have heart disease or are on blood thinners, you might not be able to tell emergency medical personnel your medical history. You could be in too much pain, disoriented, or unconscious. A medical alert bracelet contains your key health information and is a way for doctors and EMT's to quickly learn information about your health and daily medications. 

 
 

Blood Thinners

Blood thinners such as Warfarin and Aspirin can reduce the risk of developing blood clots. Blood thinners with atrial fibrillation, heart valve problems, or other clotting disorders help to prevent internal blood clots that could lead to serious complications, such as a stroke. If you take blood thinners, you are at risk for serious bleeding and should always inform your doctor before a medical procedure. 

Most of the time you will be able to tell your doctor you are on blood thinners; however, a medical emergency might prevent you from sharing this information. You might be unconscious or you simply might not think of it. This is why a medical alert bracelet is so important if you are on blood thinners. The ID bracelet can tell doctors about the blood thinners so the necessary steps can be taken to prevent serious bleeding while they provide emergency medical care.

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

Every year, nearly three-quarters of a million Americans have a heart attack. A heart attack is a blockage in a blood vessel that supplies the heart (i.e. coronary artery). If the heart is starved of blood, the heart muscle begins to die. If too much muscle dies, the heart cannot pump blood, leading to heart failure or death. A heart attack can be treated with a procedure to open up the blood vessels or with clotbusting drugs; however, the person needs to get medical attention in time. Moreover, medical personnel have to diagnose the heart attack before they can treat it. One of the reasons heart disease and heart attacks are so deadly is that people who need emergency medical treatment do not receive it in time to save their lives. Part of the delay is in making the right diagnosis. A medical alert bracelet which indicates coronary artery disease or a previous heart attack provides rescuers and doctors with critical information when every second counts. 

Heart Arrhythmias

A heart arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Conditions include atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supra ventricular tachycardia and heart block. Under most conditions, these abnormal heart rhythms are not fatal, but they can be.  If left untreated, these cardiac arrhythmias can cause dizziness, blackouts, low blood pressure and greatly increase the risk for stroke. Other heart arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and Torsades de Points are rapidly fatal and need to be treated within minutes to avoid permanent brain damage and death. If you have been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm you should have a medical alert bracelet that indicates your condition. With a medical alert bracelet, healthcare professionals can rapidly diagnose and treat your abnormal heart rhythms if it become a medical emergency.

Pacemakers, LVADs and Implanted Devices

Certain types of heart disease require implanted devices to help with the hearts function. A pacemaker is used to treat the heart’s electrical system—it may also be used to generate a heartbeat or it may "shock" the heart if a serious abnormal heart rhythm occurs.  A left ventricular assist device aka "LVAD" helps the heart pump blood through the body, taking over the work of the heart. It is absolutely essential for medical personnel to be aware of pacemakers, LVADs, or other implanted devices. Proper diagnosis and treatment with be different if you have one or more of these devices. A medical alert bracelet gives medical providers the information they need to make the correct diagnosis and provide the right treatment.