Monday, September 21, 2020

Free Teen Heart Screening Offered September 15th at CHS

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On September 15th, all boys and girls ages 13 -1 9 are free to stop by Coronado High School and receive a cost-free heart screening from 9am to 3pm. Screenings consist of a health history, an EKG, and if indicated, an echocardiogram. Connie Martinez, the CHS athletic trainer, explained to eCoronado the importance of getting the screening done: “Did you know that these are not standard offerings during a teen’s well-child exam or pre-participation sports physical? But they are so important because SCA often has no warning signs – the first symptom could be death. We lose 7,000 kids annually – nearly half a dozen in San Diego alone.”

One of the victims of such a tragedy is Eric Parades, for which the sponsoring foundation is named. The Steele Canyon High School student died suddenly in 2009 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) despite being a healthy and active athlete. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, are hoping to standardized heart screenings for all teens to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

The screening is free, painless, noninvasive and quick – less than 30 minutes – and is administered by licensed cardiologists, nurses and techs under the direction of Scripps cardiologist and Eric’s Foundation Medical Director Dr. John Rogers.

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Every participant must fill out the parents packet prior to attending the screening. You can also pre-register here.

Parents are urged to download the info sheet to see more statistics on SCA and the effectiveness of the screening on saving teen lives from around the county.

Email the CHS athletic trainer Connie Martinez with questions or if you are interested in volunteering from 12pm – 3pm at

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