We prevent tragedy that could be just a heartbeat away.
Eric was a healthy Steele Canyon High School sophomore athlete who died suddenly and unexpectedly from Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death (SCA/D) in 2009. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, established EP Save A Life Foundation to honor him through their commitment to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families. The EP Save A Life Foundation is committed to preventing SCA in young people through awareness, education and action. Saving lives is paramount to our mission and prevention is our goal.
Don’t take a chance with your child’s heart.
Every year thousands of our kids die from this syndrome that can happen without symptoms or warning signs. San Diego alone loses three to five teens annually. It’s not a heart attack. SCA is an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that can be detected with a simple EKG. But EKGs are NOT a part of your teen’s annual well-child exam or pre-participation sports physical, although they only cost about $100. Eric’s three-hour ER resuscitation effort cost the insurance company over $15,000. How many children must die for us to give merit to the importance of simple heart screenings? It can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Screenings and AEDs could prevent fatal cardiac arrest in your teen.
Eric’s foundation provides free screenings to teens to help identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among our youth, and equipping schools with readily accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with CPR/AED training for students and staff. The biggest misconception about SCA is that it won’t happen to your teen. You have no family history…your child has no symptoms…your doctor has not indicated a screening was needed. But there is a dangerously low awareness of SCA among parents and the medical community, even though it’s the number one cause of death in the U.S.
Dr. John Rogers, EP Save A Life Medical Director
Dr. John Rogers, MD, Scripps cardiologist and President of the San Diego Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, is a long-time advocate of cardiac screenings for every teen. He oversees a volunteer medical team at every EP Save A Life event and personally reviews each teen’s screening results. Dr. Rogers was named the 2014 Hero For Young Hearts Champion by Parent Heart Watch, the national voice of sudden cardiac arrest prevention in youth.
Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Dr. Rogers has special expertise in nuclear cardiology, syncope, electrophysiology and implantation of pacemakers and internal cardiac defibrillators (ICDs.)