Abbreviations for ID Plates

How to abbreviate your conditions and meds so first responders know what to do and what not to do:
As someone with heart disease, you may have any of the many conditions that come along with it. You might want to engrave “ON WARFARIN” if you take it, “PACEMAKER” or even “DEFIB IMPLANT” because most people cannot have an MRI; any of these will help them better treat you in the high-stress, time constrained situation.
 
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Some additional examples of conditions common to heart disease patients that can cause acute health problems are:
 
Blood Thinners. Putting it at the top as ON COUMADIN, ON XARELTO, ON LOVENOX, ON PLAVIX or ON HEPARIN lets medics know right away to be looking for any cuts or possible signs of internal bleeding at an accident scene. People that are regularly on blood thinners—if not addressed at the emergency scene, can result in serious internal bleeding.
 
Implants for Atrial Fibrillation. A-FIB is a rapid and irregular heart beat caused by malfunctioning of the top chambers of the heart (the atria). Some patients need a Defibrillator or Pacemaker implant which complicates procedures like MRI’s. In this case you can say: PACEMAKER-NO MRI or PACEMAKER-MRI OK to tell an MRI medical team whether or not you can be scanned.
 
MRI Scannable Pacemakers. You need to tell the MRI team what brand and model, or tell them the proper scan level such as the "T" (Tesla) rating which can be from 0.5T to 3.0T. Generally, the "scannable" pacemakers require a lower magnetic level (T rating) for safety. This needs to be on your ID Plate. Check with doctors or manufacturers.

Cardiomyopathy. A condition when the heart muscle is enlarged, thickened, or stiff: CARDIOMYOPATHY.
 
Arrhythmia. An irregular heartbeat can appear as: 1. Premature Ventricular contractions: PVC, 2. Atrial Fibrillation: A-FIB, 3. Ventricular Tachycardia: V-TAC, and 4. Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia: PSVT. 
 
Heart Valve Disorders (defects). Occurs 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. The formation of a blood clot causing partial or total obstruction: 1. Deep Vein Thrombosis: DVT, Pulmonary Embolism: PE, 2. Thrombotic Stroke: STROKE.




Why Heart Disease demands a Medical ID in an emergency

     As a heart patient with so many variables in conditions, medications and implanted electronic devices, there is a lot that a first responder should know about you to do the right thing especially when you’re unconscious.

     After all, things can go wrong when you least expect them, and a medical ID bracelet often is the only way of communication between you and your medical team in a time of crisis.

     For example, if you’re in some accident and can’t speak for yourself, you can feel safe knowing that any vital medical information is safely around your wrist to be seen by first responders. 

     Paramedics may only have seconds to determine what they can and cannot do to help you. Having all necessary information at such easy and quick access will assure all critical medical data is factored into the proper care being rendered at the emergency scene.

Heart disease basics you need to know:

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.

Inflammatory 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.



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.
 
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all possible engravings to put on our medical id bracelets, but it is here as a means to help you think about what will be most important for your personalized tag as it relates to your main health condition. 
     It’s important to remember though that your body is unique and some conditions are more serious to your body than others. 
     Make sure to have the most vital information at the very top of your tag so it’s the first thing that medical teams see. That information could just be the driving force to what saves you in an emergency.