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Learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival—where seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Learn how to act quickly and work together to recognize SCA, call 911, administer hands-only CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and direct EMS to the scene.
Use this video at your team meetings with parents and student athletes to explain the new Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act and how youth and adults must be aware of potential warning signs of a heart condition, and be prepared to act in the event of a cardiac emergency.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 killer of student athletes and contributes to the #2 medical cause of death under 25, and is the leading cause of death on school campuses. These parents share their personal story of loss to help others understand the critical need to protect young hearts.
Jon distinguished himself during a 14-year NFL career. He’s been featured on America’s Got Talent and The Ellen Degeneres Show. But an undetected heart condition stopped him in his tracks. Learn more about preventative heart screenings to protect the 1 in 300 youth at risk for SCA.
In Eric’s name, and for all those lost to sudden cardiac arrest from a heart condition no one knew they had, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation continues its mission to educate youth, parents, educators, coaches and elected officials about the incidence of SCA in youth and prevention strategies to avoid a tragedy that could be a heartbeat away.
Did you know that Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number 1 killer of student athletes during sports? One dies every three days. So “Screen Your Teen.” Our heartfelt thanks to hall-of-famer Willie Banks, the record-breaking track and field athlete who lent us his Olympic-sized heart to help us prevent SCA in our youth. He is truly our champion!
Jacob’s relentlessly racing heart dominated his sports activities. Because he was a healthy, active youth, doctors didn’t even consider a potential heart condition when they diagnosed his symptoms as asthma induced, until our screening revealed WPW.
As a competitive swimmer, Kaelie was used to pushing through tough practices. No one recognized that her being repeatedly winded with a tight chest and racing heart were warning signs of the Atrial Septal Defect our heart screening revealed.
Deeply moved by Eric Paredes’ death, Erin had her doctor screen her son, Devin, an athlete with no health issues. The screening not only revealed an Atrial Septal Defect, but a Coronary Artery Anomaly—the second leading cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest usually discovered during autopsy.
Spencer’s firefighter/paramedic dad, Scott, was shocked when our screening detected Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in his son’s heart. Playing sports since he was four, Spencer had no symptoms and his heart showed no abnormalities when Scott hooked him up to a simple 6-lead EKG.
Learn the true incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in youth—a syndrome that strikes thousands of youth each year. Parents must know the potential warning signs of a heart condition, investigate family risk factors, and be prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.
Filmed at Steele Canyon High School, Eric’s alma mater, the energy and enthusiasm of our teens was inspiring and a fitting tribute to Eric, who was full of passion for life and helping others. Watch us on KUSI’s Pigskin Prep Report this fall!