About Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD)

udden cardiac death, commonly referred to as SCD, is the No. 1 killer of young athletes. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 2,000 people under 25, most of them high-school age, die from it every year in the United States. Maruchi Mendez has devoted the last decade to campaigning for high school and college athletes to be screened for heart trouble with an electrocardiogram, or EKG, before they take to the practice field.

This routine exam would have likely detected Toti’s cardiomyopathy, the underlying abnormality that led to his death.