Alert cards

Muscular Dystrophy UK has created condition-specific alert cards for different muscle-wasting conditions.

These cards mean that individuals living with muscle-wasting conditions and their families will have the security of knowing they can easily inform emergency health care professionals and others of the vital and specific issues that affect children and adults with these conditions.

The wallet-sized alert cards contain key recommendations and precautions that a non-specialist clinician should know during a health crisis. They address a range of symptoms and scenarios to ensure their effectiveness. The cards also include space for the contact information of an individual’s specialist neuromuscular team, making it easier to access expert advice.

Our alert cards are written and reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialist neuromuscular clinicians and the MDUK information team to ensure clinical accuracy and incorporate the most current and reliable advice available. It’s important to note that individuals with the same condition may have different symptoms, and the cards serve as a guide.

We currently have alert cards available for:

  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Myotonic dystrophy type 1
  • Myotonic dystrophy type 2
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • GNE myopathy
  • Inclusion body myositis
  • Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 1
  • Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2
  • Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy type 1
  • Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
  • Spinal muscular atrophy type 3
  • Undiagnosed muscle wasting condition

Order your alert card here

You can also request a PDF copy of the alert card or order your physical alert card by emailing or by calling the helpline on 0800 652 6352.