Do I Need a Medical Alert ID Bracelet For My Pacemaker or ICD?

A doctor holding up a typical pacemaker device

Medical ID jewelry can be vitally important for a number of heart related conditions. Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are small devices that are implanted under the skin near the heart. They can be implanted permanently or temporarily, and they function by monitoring your heartbeat and using electrical signals to make adjustments if your heart is not beating properly. People suffering from arrhythmia and/or heart failure may receive pacemakers to regulate their heartbeats.

Pacemakers are not considered particularly dangerous implants, but there are some medical scans and procedures that can cause issues. In the event of a medical emergency where you may not be able to communicate, a clear identification bracelet or necklace can alert medical personnel of your pacemaker and help them avoid these potential items of concern:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • CT and CAT Scans
  • Electrocauterization
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or microwave ablation
  • Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL)

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While there are exceptions to these procedures, it’s always best to make sure hospital personnel are fully aware of your condition. It follows, of course, that for people with pacemakers and ICDs, medical ID necklaces or bracelets are a vital necessity for emergency situations. They help ensure that all medical personnel are immediately aware that you have a pacemaker so they can provide appropriate, safe assistance.

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What To Put On Medical Alert Jewelry For Pacemakers

When ordering a medical ID bracelet or necklace, always be sure to specify whether your device is a pacemaker or ICD, list out your general condition such as “heart condition” or “heart failure”, a list of the medications that you take for treatment and whether or not you have any known drug allergies. There are even many common medical abbreviations to help you maximize the space on your medical ID. Here’s an example:

ICE 555-555-5555

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