Rhina and Hector Paredes founded the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation in 2010 after they lost their son to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a syndrome caused by an underlying heart condition that can often be detected with a simple EKG. The foundation is offering free cardiac screens to teens countywide. Visit EPSaveALife.org to register. Courtesy photo

Heart health screenings set for area teens


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, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Dieguito, La Costa Canyon, Canyon Crest and Torrey Pines High Schools. Visit EPSaveALife.org to register.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. 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.