February is American Heart Month and Amber Bedgood is raising awareness about the American Heart Association’s 2017 Central Louisiana Heart Walk coming up on March 4 in Alexandria. Bedgood and her team, the Cardiac Crusaders, raised over $1,200 dollars last year for the American Heart Association. This year they are trying to do it again.
Amber is 28-years-old and has had two cardiac ablations in the last two years. In 2007 she was diagnosed with SVT. Heart disease runs in the family. Amber’s maternal grandfather, Ronald Dyes, battles with heart disease.
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is an abnormally fast heart rhythm arising from improper electrical activity in the upper part of the heart. Amber’s heart also creates etopic beats, which keeps her heart irregular. At times, her heart rate can soar up to 200bpm at rest.
“I don’t even have to be doing anything,” she said. “In the last two years my heart has been very active, which makes everyday life difficult. I had two cardiac ablations to try to correct the troublesome beats, but unfortunately in my case, my heart creates an etopic beat so when one is ablated (fixed) another starts.”
The Cardiac Crusaders Team consists of Amber, her mother Carla Clemmens, step dad David Clemmens, Amber’s 7-year-old daughter Aubrey Bedgood, and friends Silton Metoyer III, Lauren Collins, Zach Metoyer, and Alonzo Middleton.
“Supporting the AHA has become personal to me because I’m living it,” said Amber. “I decided I was going to participate in the 2016 walk and without me asking, my friends jumped on board immediately. They’ve been there for me through all my heart issues. With their help we raised over $1,200 dollars in less than a month. I truly believe in supporting research to help people like me live a more normal life and to save to the lives of children born with heart defects and the countless people affected by heart disease.”
Donations can be made toward Amber’s team online at http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=2132&pg=team&team_id=170437#/.WJ-e5WWPzwC.facebook. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.
All donations must be turned in on or by March 4.