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List of your drug allergies (or the statement "no known drug allergies").

List of all current medications, prescription and nonprescription (herbs, vitamins, antacids), including dose and reason.

Health insurance and/or Medicare card.

Your baseline electrocardiogram (ECG) -a miniature copy, laminated. Take your ECG readout to a copy place, reduce it to wallet size and cover it with self stick clear plastic sheets, sold at stationery and office supply stores.

Why: Comparing a new ECG with an old one can increase the accuracy in the diagnosis of heart problems.

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