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For Beaverton couple, Heart and Stroke Walk is about celebrating love and basketball

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Newlyweds Jordan and Lindsay Gregg were international basketball stars until a diagnosis of ARVD for Jordan changed their lives. (KPTV) Newlyweds Jordan and Lindsay Gregg were international basketball stars until a diagnosis of ARVD for Jordan changed their lives. (KPTV)
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The 2016 Heart and Stroke Walk is about to hit Portland, and hundreds of people will be coming together to raise awareness about heart disease, and living healthier lives.

One of them is a young man from Beaverton who was an international basketball star in the prime of his life until a diagnosis changed everything.

For Jordan and Lindsay Gregg, basketball isn't just a game.

It's a way of life, and love.

They met while both playing pro basketball on the international level, and were a few months from their wedding when everything changed.

"I was driving home and all of a sudden I had what felt like a heart attack," Jordan recalled.

"He said, ‘Can you see my heart?’ Can you see this beating out of my chest?’ And I could see it!” Lindsay said. “I could see his shirt going back and forth and he's like, ‘I don't know what's going on.’"

It was the first of two episodes where his heart rate shot up, first to 220 beats per minute and then to 240.

He was shocked back into rhythm more than once, and then was diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, or ARVD.

Jordan's doctor at OHSU, Cardiac Electrophysiologist Tommy Dewland, said when the heart is beating that quickly, blood isn't moving. 

"It puts him at high risk of having a fast heart rhythm that could potentially cause him to pass out, or in extreme cases can cause sudden death," Dr. Dewland explained.

"It shocked our world," Lindsay said. "It makes you think about your future, makes you think about his future, so now he's not going to play basketball, what's going to happen one day when we want to have kids?"

Jordan went into surgery to get a defibrillator, and hasn't had a scare since. He's about to help with his third Portland Heart Walk as an advocate for the American Heart Association.

Jordan and Lindsay’s walk together as newlyweds has certainly been a challenge, but now he has a heart to help.

"I told myself I would play basketball until my body wouldn't let me anymore, obviously it was earlier than I expected," he said.

Jordan and Lindsay both work at Nike, and stay connected to the game they love. To register for the Heart and Stroke Walk, or donate to Jordan's team, go to Heart.org/Oregon.

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