Heart Disease Awareness Medical ID Bracelet

YOU ONLY HAVE SECONDS TO KNOW
CARDIAC CONDITIONS & PACEMAKER

Engraving Example:
ON COUMADIN
PACEMAKER-NO MRI
VVS-ON B-BLOCKER
ICE 000-000-0000
More issues to consider:
Blood thinners: Coumadin, Warfarin, Xarelto and Plavix are especially critical due to possible internal bleeding.
Heart transplants present complex conditions with immunosuppressant drugs that can react to emergency meds.
Special conditions: AFIB, CABG, CHF, LBBB, and  damaged Pacemakers, etc. require specific warnings.
See ID Abreviations

Hospitals need even more information such as:

No MRI must be on the ID tag if you have an older pacemaker. You can say "PACEMAKER-NO MRI"
New Scanable Pacemakers have restricted MRI's. These pacemakers must be turned off and then be scanned at a much lower power level. You also need to have the manufacturer and model number on the ID tag. "MRI-PACEMAKER"
For additional help: See ID Abreviations and Beginners Guide Overview

Medications to include

Anticoagulants (Blood Thinners)
     Being a heart patient also often means that you may need to be taking different kinds of medications. 
     Here is a small list of medications and medication classes that may need to be addressed on your id tag:
     • Dalteparin (Fragmin) 
     • Danaparoid (Orgaran)
     • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
     • Heparin (various)
     • Tinzaparin (Innohep)
     • Warfarin (Coumadin)
     • NOACs (Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis)
These medications decrease the clotting ability of the blood. It can cause one to bleed at a more rapid pace as well as cause internal bleeding.
 
Antiplatelet Agents
     • Aspirin
     • Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
     • Dipyridamole
These medications prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together, making clots less likely to form.
 
Beta Blockers
(Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents)
     • Atenolol (Tenormin)
     • Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)
     • Propranolol (Inderal)
     • Sotalol (Betapace)
     • Timolol (Blocadren) 
Beta blockers are often prescribed to people with hypertension because they interfere with beta receptors in the body which in turn, lower the heart rate and levels of stress hormones in the body.

 

In seconds, first responders need to know everything


The fastest way to access all critical medical information is a medical ID bracelet.
Wrist First! Paramedics are trained by hospitals to always look first to your wrist.

Say more, say it faster with shortcuts/abbreviations

Use “ON" instead of saying "TAKING" so you would say "ON WARFARIN” to get more info onto your ID tag.
Use "NO" if you can't take certain meds, so you might say "NO MORPHINE" if you are allergic to it.
PACEMAKER could be "PM" or “ICD” if you need the room on the ID tag.
For more help see: Abbreviations.

Important Issues

On Blood Thinners should go on top as: ON COUMADIN, ON XARELTO, ON LOVENOX, ON PLAVIX or ON HEPARIN which lets paramedics know to look for possible signs of internal bleeding. People on blood thinners—need immediate help. 
Pacemaker-No MRI is for older pacemakers that should not be scanned with an MRI and you must say PACEMAKER-NO MRI or DEFIBRILLATOR-NO MRI. Serious injury can result with this type of implant.
MRI Scannable Pacemakers: To be safe, put the brand and model number of your ICD implant on your ID tag. The hospital must know the proper scan level which is the "T Rating" (Tesla Rating—0.5T to 3.0T). All "scannable pacemakers" require a lower power level for safety. Check with your doctor or manufacturer.

Abbreviating Conditions

Atrial Fibrillation is shortened to AFIB.
This is a rapid and irregular heart beat caused by malfunctioning of the top chambers of the heart (the atria).
Arrhythmias are irregular heartbeat:
1. Premature Ventricular contractions: PVC
2. Atrial Fibrillation: A-FIB 
3. Ventricular Tachycardia: V-TAC
4. Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia: PSVT
Heart Valve Disorders (defects) occur when the valves of the heart aortic, pulmonic, tricuspid, or mitral don’t function properly:  
1. Valvular  Stenosis: HVD-STENOSIS
2. Valvular Insufficiency/Regurgitation: HVD-INSUFF
3. Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease: HVD-AORTIC, and 4. Mitral Valve Prolapse: MVP
Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot causing partial or total obstruction:
1. Deep Vein Thrombosis: DVT, Pulmonary Embolism: PE 
2. Thrombotic Stroke: STROKE
See more at: Abbreviations
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Contact your doctor for your specific issues. After all, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all possible engravings for conditions, medications and abbreviations.

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Heart disease basics:

Heart disease, otherwise known as Cardiovascular Disease, is the number one killer of men and women in America taking millions of lives each year. Heart disease acts as an umbrella term used to describe dysfunction within the body where the heart is at the center of the cause. With this in mind, there are many branches of heart disease one can have the most common types being:
Hypertensive Heart Disease
This is when high blood pressure is the main cause of the disease by overburdening the heart and blood vessels, making them work harder to push blood through the body.
Ischemic heart disease
This is when the coronary arteries, which are the main blood supply from the heart, are too narrow and thus create less efficient blood circulation throughout the body.
Cerebrovascular heart disease
This is when a stroke is the cause of lasting arterial blockages in the brain. 
What causes heart disease? 
Occurs when there is inflammation in or around the heart, or on the heart muscle itself.
 

What causes heart disease?

There are dozens of risk factors associated with developing heart disease, some that are modifiable and others that are not. Some modifiable risk factors to developing heart disease include tobacco use, diets high in fat and sodium, and leading a sedentary lifestyle because all of these choices can lead to build up of plaque on the arteries and put excessive strain on the heart. Having type II diabetes also increases your risk for developing heart disease. If the condition isn’t controlled well enough, it also can damage your blood vessels and lead to more plaque accumulation. 

There are factors that can put people at risk for heart disease that aren’t within their control. Genetics play a role in developing heart disease, for example. High cholesterol, or hyperlipidemia, is a condition that can be hereditary and can cause blockages in the arteries from excess fats. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can also be a hereditary condition in which your heart has to work harder to pump blood through the smaller space. This constant excess pressure on the artery walls weakens them making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis. If someone in your family has had heart complications that also puts you more at risk of suffering from heart disease.