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    Hi everyone! I have a question on something I haven't seen anybody mention. In my wallet, I carry a card all about my St. Judes aortic valve and another for the coumadin. However, my doctor suggested I get some sort of ID to wear--like a bracelet, necklace, etc. I looked up several Medic Alert type sites and the jewelry is either cheap (ie turn your wrist green) or very expensive. It is also rather ugly. I found a really nice medium priced gold ID bracelet that could have "coumadin" engraved. Does anyone out there wear "alert" jewelry of some kind? Any thoughts on what may be the best type? This may sound like a small kind of question, but my doctor (after 2-1/2 years with the new valve) really made me nervous about being careful with injuries, etc. Just wondering what others do. Thanks! Susan:cool:

  • #2
    Hi Susan. How are you?

    I bought a "Medic Alert" bracelet shortly after my surgery almost one year ago now. Can you believe it is almost a year already? I bought an el cheapo. ($45.00) Did not want to spend hundreds of dollars for a gold one at the time. Maybe in the future I'll invest in a gold or silver one. I have thought about it as this one doesn't look so nice anymore! I wear it day and night!
    I thought it was important to wear something, as I am on the road every day and anything can happen as we all know. I just wanted to be safe, and for the paramedics or police to know my medical condition if I'm out and unable to talk.

    Hope you're doing okay.

    [COLOR=RoyalBlue][I][B][SIZE=2][FONT=Tahoma]Christina[/FONT][/SIZE][/B][/I] [/COLOR]
    Congenital Aortic Stenosis
    AVR's 8/7/00 & 8/18/00
    Self doser and protime home tester since 1/2001
    Dr. Gulshan Sethi/Surgeon
    St. Jude's Mechanical (19mm)


    "[FONT="Georgia"][B][COLOR="Teal"]People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."[/COLOR][/B][/FONT]


    • #3
      Medic Alert

      Hi Susan. I wear the cheapy pictured here. It doesn't turn anything green but isn't exactly attractive. Doesn't bother me though. Go to this link for Medic Alert
      Hank in Arizona
      Founder of


      • #4
        Medic Alert jewelry

        Hi Susan,

        I bought one at a local drug store. I asked them if they had any and at first they didn't know what I meant. They hunted around and finally found one. They had no idea what to charge me, so they just charged me five dollars! What a bargain. Like Hank's it is stainless steel so it will not cause skin reactions, but it is not exactly beautiful. But if you are on Coumadin it is very important to wear it, especially if you are on the road a lot alone.



        • #5
          medical ID

          Hello Susan,

          My dr. told me to get some kind of jewelry with ?coumadin? on it. I was very reluctant. First I don?t wear a lot of jewelry, second I didn?t want to wear a ?tag? telling everyone I saw that I had a problem. But my cardio is a VERY stubborn and convincing man..... he has a million horror stories! lol

          I decided if I was going to buy something that was going to be on my body forever, it was going to be something I liked...... of course that was the most expensive one in the book. lol But I got it anyway. I got a necklace thinking I could put it inside my shirt and not have all the problems I spoke of above. That didn?t work... the necklace is very flat on both sides and it would stick to my skin! So guess what .... I did the same thing again.. only this time I got a bracelet. It doesn?t really bother me to wear it .. except it IS a medical bracelet.

          I personally think if there is any way you can afford it you should get the one you like... Maybe Rain?s a spoiled little brat, but that?s my opinion. I hate the idea of wearing it to begin with, it helps if it?s something you like.

          In Colorado
          MVR 4/6/00
          33mm St. Jude
          Denver, CO

          "enjoy the moment"


          • #6
            I have the cheap bracelet. It is gold plated and I
            get it at the jewelry store and have my name engrave on the top. It has a little compartment that opens and I have my medical info inside. Have to write small. I have to replace it about every six or eight months. But it only costs 15.00. And engraving fee. I really like this one with my name on it. I wish I could afford a real gold one. I also have earrings for when I don't want to wear the bracelet. And a necklace. It is a must. My doctor insists. You can also enter into a computer
            that doctors can get the info if necessary.
            Mitral Valve Stenosis
            Chronic Atrial Fibrillation
            Mitral Valve Replacement
            St. Jude Mechanical
            Tucson Medical Center
            Dr. Rosado, Surgeon
            Dr. Jose Fernandez, Cardiologist


            • #7
              Medic alert site

              I just checked out the medic alert site that Hank posted. Those prices are not so bad. And the jewelry looks pretty. Maybe someone will buy me one as a gift. Maybe I better start dropping hints. LOL. Does anyone have an opinion about joining? Did you , Hank?
              Mitral Valve Stenosis
              Chronic Atrial Fibrillation
              Mitral Valve Replacement
              St. Jude Mechanical
              Tucson Medical Center
              Dr. Rosado, Surgeon
              Dr. Jose Fernandez, Cardiologist


              • #8
                Hi Susan

                The regular "el cheapo" would probably serve best. I spent spent the "big bucks" for my medic alert bracelet. Though the chain is very nice the face of the ID is scratched up due to wear.

                My neighbor has the lower cost one and the medallion looks good as new.

                If I were to do it over again...would go with the lower cost gold and have a new chain attached by my local jewler.

                It is a good idea to wear it around your wrist....the EMT's are trained to look at there....not in your shirt. No pun intended.;)
                Last edited by LUVMyBirman; July 8th, 2001, 12:45 PM.
                All the best,
                LuvMyBirman :)
                MVR, 3/99


                • #9
                  Medical ID

                  I also wear a medic alert bracelet..plain stainless steel..and have all my medical information on file at Medic Alert. This was something my Cardiologist insisted upon. Another good thing to have is an EMS file. Medical information..such as "takes Coumadin"..heart valve replaced..allergies, etc is placed in a vial that looks like a large prescription bottle that is then placed on the top shelf of the refrigerator at home. A small sticker that says "EMS File" is placed on the front door. In an emergency, EMS workers are trained to look for the sticker and vial. Patricia


                  • #10
                    Yes Missy I am member

                    Yes Missy, I am a memebr with medic-alert. All someone has to do is call the 800 number on the back of my bracelet and they can get all of my physisian information, medication information and anything else that may be required to treat me if I'm out of it.

                    It's not too expensive.

                    The back of the bracelet is engraved by them and mine reads "Aortic valve replaced, takes coumadin"
                    Hank in Arizona
                    Founder of


                    • #11
                      I also have the cheap one (stainless steel braclet) It does not turn the skin green. I went with Medic Alert because they have you registered and for a little extra every year you can keep your med info updated for the EMT's to call in and find out what all is going on with you. Mine says Aortic valve replaced, Takes coumadin and has a number to call for more info.

                      I would deffinantly recomend the Medic Alert to any one with a valve replacement or who takes coumadin.


                      • #12
                        I ordered a very nice gold bracelet in March from MEDICAL-ID.COM and it has been on back order every since. I sent about 20 emails and eventually a certified letter requesting a refund. They called last week and informed me a "check is in the mail." They actually whinned to me about being so far behind in their orders. Boo hoo. I coiuldn't believe it.

                        I decided on a simple chain and medallion to wear around my neck as I would likely take off the bracelet while at the gym or working around the house, thus defeating its purpose. I ordered the chain last from Med Assist.

                        Moral of story, Stay away from
                        SJ Mechanical


                        • #13

                          Hello everyone,
                          Its a coincidence that this thread is running at the moment as I have had a big problem for the last 10 days (see separate post) and today it occurred to me that I should have a permanent alert bracelet or something in view of what has happened. I'll try Medic-alert in UK. They will sell the same things you are describing I imagine. Its very noticeable that in your country people are much more alert and wise about their medications and so on. I tend to do a lot of research about everything that affects me but definitely seem to be in the minority amongst my contemporaries.


                          • #14
                            Thanks everyone for your information! I will probably go the medic-alert route and choose a bracelet I like--especially if I have to wear it every day. I had sort of chosen a regular ID I liked and was going to have "coumadin" engraved on it (where my name would go), but that may not get the job done. I travel a lot with my work, both in state and out of state, so probably need to not take any more chances than I already have! Hope all are well--thanks again! Susan:cool:


                            • #15
                              ID Bracelet

                              I, like many others, have the stainless steel. I bought a generic medic alert bracelet that read "I take Coumadin". Along with the bracelet came an order form for a personalized one. Mine reads:
                              I take Coumadin
                              Heart Valve Prothesis
                              Allergy - Codeine
                              and my name

                              I had mine before I got out of the hospital. It is a very good idea. Could save your life!