COAST CITIES — The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is working to prevent fatal cardiac arrest in teens caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with special screenings during February, Heart Month, beginning from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Torrey Pines High School, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road. Visit EPSaveALife.org to register.Other participating North County high schools include San Dieguito, La Costa Canyon and Canyon Crest, and the free screenings are open to all San Diego teens who register online and prepare the parent consent/health history packet. More than 1,000 teens can be accommodated at any one screening.The Paredes Foundation works with a volunteer medical team consisting of San Diego cardiologists and area health professionals who visit local high schools to perform free cardiac screenings (EKGs and ECGs).
The EP Save A Life Foundation has screened nearly 6,000 teens in San Diego. Of these, 146 had undetected heart abnormalities and upon further follow-up, 66 were at risk for SCA and four had life-saving corrective surgeries.
Rhina and Hector Paredes started this foundation for their son, Eric, a San Diego freshman athlete who died of SCA in 2009. Their mission is to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families.