FREE Heart Screening for ages 12 to 25
Provided by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation and a medical team led by Scripps cardiologist Dr. John Rogers MD.
Every year thousands of our kids die when their heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Known as Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), this syndrome can happen without symptoms or warning signs. In fact, more than 15% of California high schools have had one or more students suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Even if you know the basic steps to CPR, this could help a heart attack from becoming fatal. There are many courses that anyone can take to learn first aid. So if you are from Canada, finding a Toronto cpr training program shouldn’t be difficult and the same goes for wherever you live. You just never know when this can come in handy one day. You could also talk to your doctor about getting an automatic external defibrillator. There are various types of AEDs available and some of the best AED brands are listed online.
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 an annual well-child exam or pre-participation sports physical.
The screening is completely non-invasive (no needles or x-ray exposure), painless and takes less than an hour to complete a health history, EKG and echocardiogram if indicated. You are notified of the results for follow-up with your own family doctor. Any child with this condition can then relay that information to their school so that the staff can be well equipped if there were to ever be any incidents. Schools can visit sites like www.avive.life to get appropriate medical equipment so that students would have the best chance at survival if a medical emergency happened on school grounds.
The biggest misconception about SCA is that it won’t happen to your child. But SCA is a leading cause of death under 25 and it is the #1 killer of student athletes.
Register today at EPSaveaLife.org
Eric Paredes was a healthy Steele Canyon High School sophomore athlete who died suddenly and unexpectedly from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in 2009. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, established EP Save A Life Foundation to honor Eric through their commitment to prevent this tragedy from reoccurring. Eric’s foundation provides free screenings to youth to identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among our youth. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.