medical IDs for blood clots

Medical IDs for Blood Clots

The confidence to live with blood clots

Healthy blood circulation is crucial for general health and safety. Blood is designed to move easily throughout the body, but it must also be able to clot when an injury occurs. Clots can become a problem, however, when they occur inside the body, instead of responding to an external injury.

Many conditions can cause you to be more susceptible to blood clots. People who are at high risk for blood clots should be very careful about their health, and wear a medical ID. Getting medical ID for blood clots could make all the difference in an emergency—and could even save your life.

How MedicAlert protects those who have a history of blood clots

One thing you shouldn’t worry about is what could happen if there’s an emergency. MedicAlert’s protection plans offer benefits that extend beyond the ID, providing safety and peace of mind for people living with a risk of blood clots.

24/7 Emergency Response

Our team provides first responders the information they need to provide fast, accurate care.

Digital Health Profile

All your vital information, all in one place for you and your caregiver.

Emergency Contact Notification

In an emergency, we connect families so that no one is alone in a crisis.

Patient Instructions

Share the information that’s important to your care, such as use of rescue medications or contraindication for tests like MRIs.

Pair a medical ID for blood clots with the protection plan that’s right for you.

What are blood clots?

A blood clot is a clump of blood. Typically, blood clots form when an injury occurs, as a way of stopping the flow of blood. Without the blood’s ability to clot, you would just keep bleeding from a cut.

Blood clots have a gel-like consistency, caused by blood platelets, cells, and proteins grouping together. On the surface of the skin, blood clots are actually are beneficial, but they can cause serious problems when they occur elsewhere in the body. When they don’t dissolve on their own, they can be life-threatening or cause long-term damage to different systems in the body.

Types of blood clots – what are DVT and PE blood clots?

The general medical term for a blood clot is “thrombus”, but there are different types of blood clots that can occur in different locations. Common abbreviations include “DVT” and “PE” blood clots.

DVT refers to deep vein thrombosis. This is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein. Typically, DVT blood clots occur in the leg or pelvis regions. You often hear about people on long airplane rides that develop a DVT. But is DVT an emergency? Definitely. Because they can cause damage to the legs, it is important to address DVT clots right away.

DVT blood clots can also lead to a pulmonary embolism (PE), which occurs when a blood clot breaks off and reaches your lungs. Not only can this damage the lungs, but it can lead to a lack of oxygen traveling to other vital organs, causing serious problems.

Other blood clots include cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), which is a rare type of clot originating in the sinuses. CVST can cause hemorrhagic stroke, leading to brain cell death and severe complications.

Blood clots can also occur in other parts of the body. These clots can lead to all kinds of issues, including heart attacks, kidney failure, and pregnancy complications.

Symptoms of a blood clot

Knowing what to look out for can make a big difference in the outcome after a blood clot. It’s a good idea to learn the symptoms of a blood clot, even if your risk level is not exceptionally high. It could save your life, or the life of someone close to you.

The symptoms of a blood clot can vary based on the clot’s location. Pain is a key symptom that usually occurs in the location of the clot. Someone with a DVT medical emergency might experience leg pain, warmth, tenderness, and rapid swelling that only occurs on one side of the body. A person with a brain blood clot might have a sudden headache and experience difficulty speaking or seeing. Seizures can also occur.

Look out for shortness of breath, nausea, rapid breathing, and increased heart rate. Contact emergency services immediately if you suspect a blood clot. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Risk factors for blood clots

A blood clot can occur from seemingly out of nowhere. However, some people are at greater risk of developing blood clots than others. Some of the many risk factors include:

  • Family history of blood clots
  • Genetic disorders
  • Cancer
  • COVID-19
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Recent major surgery
  • A broken bone, especially leg, hip or pelvis
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Varicose veins 
  • Sedentary lifestyle or sitting in one position for long periods of time
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Smoking
  • Serious injury

It’s important to talk to your doctor about the risk of blood clots if you have one or more risk factors. Doctors often prescribe blood thinners for patients who are at especially high risk, depending on their full health situation.

What to engrave on MedicAlert medical IDs for blood clots:

MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our blood clots bracelets and other medical ID products. The engraving on medical IDs for blood clots should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency, for example:

  • History or risk of blood clots
  • Medications you’re taking – especially if you’re on blood thinners
  • Allergies to drugs
  • Other medical conditions
  • Implanted devices
  • Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders
medical IDs for blood clots

Sample engraving. Consult our team if you need help engraving your medical ID for blood clots.

Treating blood clots

Blood clots are treated using a few different methods, depending on the circumstances. Blood thinners or medications known as thrombolytics may be used. Surgery might also be the best way to treat a blood clot in an emergency.

Getting a medical ID for blood clots from MedicAlert is a good way to ensure that you will get fast treatment during an emergency. Depending on the location of the clot, immediate treatment could preserve your vital organs and your quality of life. A blood clot medical ID is an extra layer of protection for you and your family.

The National Blood Clot Alliance is dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke.

How a medical ID for blood clots combined with MedicAlert Membership provides protection

  • We’re your voice:  If you can’t speak for yourself due to an accident or other medical emergency, your blood clot bracelet or other style ID will speak for you – informing others about your risk for blood clotting and any medications you’re taking.

  • 24/7 emergency protection:  In an emergency, the MedicAlert team will relay all of your critical medical information to first responders, no matter where or when your emergency happens.

  • Always connected:  You should never be alone in an emergency. That’s why MedicAlert will reach out to your designated contacts if you are unable to do so.

  • Live with peace of mind and confidence:  MedicAlert will be there for you every step of the way. You’ll have the confidence and freedom to live your life with the risk of blood clots, knowing we’ve got you covered. 
DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information in this article is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.