Congenital heart disease is a disease that affects the structure of the heart and can be present in utero. It can be diagnosed via ultrasound, or in some circumstances, when a baby is born. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this, but there are measures you can take in order to be prepared.
Why are medical IDs important for those living with CHD?
According to the CDC, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. CHD affects about 40,000 newborns a year. Since congenital heart disease can not be cured, it is important to take precautionary measures to ensure safety.
Medical IDs are a great way to inform first responders of relevant conditions, medications, and emergency contact information in case of an emergency.
For example, children could have short term memory, problem understanding languages, and can have outbursts or irrational behavior.
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“I have had much more peace of mind knowing that my son, Joshua, who was born missing one chamber of his heart, has a medical ID bracelet” – Jodi Lemacks, National Program Director for Mended Little Hearts and longtime customer of American Medical ID.
Who is at risk for Congenital Heart Disease?
Since CHD is a genetic trait, there is no way of telling who is at risk for this disease. There are factors that can contribute to a child developing CHD. According to MAYO Clinic, smoking, consuming alcohol, and taking medications can all contribute to the development of congenital heart disease. CHD is also a genetic trait that can be passed down from family members. According to Heart.org, there is a 2% to 15% that CHD can reoccur.
What are the most common types of Congenital Heart Disease?
CHD can include the following below:
How can medical IDs help those with Congenital Heart Disease in an emergency?
Since CHD is a disease that is not noticeable, it is important to be prepared. During a medical emergency, it could be hard for people around you to understand what is going on. It can also be hard for the people around you to know how to proceed with treatment. First responders will be able to administer the correct treatment if they are certain about what could be wrong. When you are not able to speak, let a medical ID speak for you.
What to Engrave on a Congenital Heart Disease Medical ID?
If you're unsure about what to engrave on your medical ID, here are some of the most important items to put on as a CHD patient.:
Tips for purchasing a Medical ID Bracelet or Medical ID Necklace for Heart Disease
Since you’ll be wearing your medical ID every day, consider the following factors before deciding which medical ID bracelet or necklace is for you.
For even more information, you can download our Medical ID Guide.
Since 2007, American Medical ID has partnered with The Mended Hearts, Inc. - an organization that has helped facilitate a positive patient-care experience for over 70 years. AMID is dedicated to help raise awareness on CHD. There are resources for all ages through our partners: Mended Hearts, Mended Little Hearts and Young Mended Hearts. To learn more, click here.