While sudden cardiac arrest is the second leading cause of death in those
under 25, most teens are not tested for abnormalities as part of a routine
physical exam. The EP Save a Life Foundation is working hard to bring
these important screenings to all San Diego area teens.
The foundation is named after Eric Paredes, a fifteen-year-old Steele Canyon
High School sophomore athlete who died suddenly and unexpectedly from
sudden cardiac arrest. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, established
the foundation to honor their son and to prevent this tragedy from happening
to other families.
Heart abnormalities are more common in teens than many parents might suspect.
Among teens in the U.S., 1 in 350 have an underlying heart condition that
can put them at risk. Thousands of kids die annually from sudden cardiac
arrest. San Diego alone loses three to five teens every year.
Fortunately, abnormalities in the heart’s electrical system that
cause sudden cardiac arrest can be detected with a simple EKG. To boost
awareness, the foundation offers free screenings at area high school and
This is a great charity, and we fully support the efforts of this family
to get every teen screened. For more information, please visit the
EP Save a Life Foundation website.