Emergency ID while running or cycling

Hi all,

I'm a runner and cyclist, about 10 days into the pacemaker adventure.  So far, I'm pretty happy with it, that 33 bpm hr was getting kind of old.  I've  had a Road ID for about ten years, a handy wrist band with basic medical and contact info on it in case I should ever get hit by a car etc.  I'm just wondering, what do any of you active people use for emergency id?




Personal choice

by Violet West - 2020-03-07 12:02:45

I'm not familiar with the "Road ID", but there are many threads here discussing medical ID jewelry.  I wear one, which has basic info about my conditions, drugs, PM, etc., along with emergency contact info; but it's a personal choice.


by marylandpm - 2020-03-07 13:00:37

   My pacemaker is not that obvious and I am on eliquis so I have a medical ID. Also has the  hospital center that has my records. 


by AgentX86 - 2020-03-07 14:39:11

I wear both a dog tag and bracelet with the important information (Eliquis, Pacemaker Depedent, etc.).  It's been useful.  When I had my seizure last IOctober, I was beginning to come around in the ambulance but still "paralyzed' I heard one paramedic tell the other that I had a medic alert that said that I had a pacemaker.  They thougt it was important. I used to take them off when I was in the gym but since then I wear them unless I'm at home.

Drugs - esp anticoagulants - are probably the most important

by crustyg - 2020-03-07 16:28:00

I'm told that they train paramedics to look for a PM before applying defib paddles so that they don't place an electrode directly over it.

When I was on apixaban I carried both the anticoag warning card *and* a pack of treatment so that if I came off my bike they wouldn't wonder for too long why I was bleeding a lot.

Now that I'm off treatment I don't carry anything, other than a card with next-of-kin mobile details. And, luckily, although I'm 100% paced I'm not PM-dependent, with a decent junctional rhythm of about 38bpm.

So it's a very personal choice, as already mentioned.

road id

by Tracey_E - 2020-03-08 12:14:35

I have road id in a rainbow of colors, it just says my name, pacemaker, and how to access my online medical record. Do I remember to wear it? Not often! I forgot it for my race this morning. My phone has my emergency contact info and I'v never had anything happen in 25 years of being paced so I get kinda careless about medical alerts. 


by BradyJohn - 2020-03-08 15:41:21

Thanks everyone, I think I will just order another Road ID.  A bit pricey, really great quality.  Since I commute by bike, putting it on is part of getting dressed.

Cheers, time to get outside!


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