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    Medical Alert Systems Buying Guide

    When you are facing a serious medical emergency, you might not be able to explain the problem to those who come to your aid. In fact, you might not be able to speak at all. A medical alert device can help you communicate the most important things in a very serious situation.

    Medical Alarm Devices: Numerous Options Are Available

    The simplest medical identification bracelets and pendants are those that have no function other than the words etched into them, which can be read by emergency responders. These bracelets say something simple, such as "Diabetes" or "Hypertension."

    The more elaborate medical alert devices can hold all of your medical information on a USB drive, can call emergency services at the touch of a button, and can even monitor your body and location while you wear it, reacting to certain changes and triggering an alarm if necessary.

    Which personal alarm devices you need depends upon both the severity of your condition and the type of device that makes you most comfortable.

    Types of Medical Monitoring Devices

    Though each medical alarm service might offer different perks and advantages, the medical monitoring devices that keep you safe usually fall into one of the following types:

    • Bracelets. Whether the bracelet is sterling silver and perfectly elegant, or a simple chain link bracelet that does what it needs to do and nothing more, there is a medical bracelet available for every lifestyle and medical condition.
    • Necklaces or Pendants. Much the same as the bracelets, medical necklaces can be classy enough to wear out to a nice dinner, or as simple as a small button on a chain. Dog tags are also a popular item in the pendants category.
    • Watches. Helpful even for those times when medical attention is not necessary, more advanced watches can alert you to the appropriate time to take your medications.
    • Shoe Tags. Designed to slip right over your shoelaces or sandal straps, these shoe tags ensure that anytime you leave the house, your medical information goes with you.

    Some medical alarm devices require a monthly contract with the medical alert company to keep them working properly, while others are a one-time purchase. Some might be covered by your insurance company, while others are simply purchased directly from the company or picked up at the pharmacy of your choosing.

    There is a variety of options, so jump into research to determine which one is right for you.

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