The baseball world heard some shocking news out of Yankee camp today as Aaron Boone took medical leave to get a pacemaker put in that will help his heart function properly.
The Yankee Manager issued the following statement through the Yankee organization:
“As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today. Over the last six-to-eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath. As a result, I underwent a series of tests and examinations in New York prior to the beginning of spring training, including multiple visits with a team of heart specialists. While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker.
“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.
“I also want to take this opportunity to remind all those dealing with heart issues to remain vigilant in your care and to reach out to your doctor should you have any symptoms of discomfort or trouble. Any issue involving the heart has the potential to be serious. Staying on top of your health is always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.”
This subject of the pacemaker is something I know a bit about as my grandmother had surgery for it back in the 70’s and every 2 or 3 years had a new one put once battery power subsided. I can tell you she lived a very normal life into her late 80’s after receiving her first pacemaker in her 60’s
Boone is much younger and from what we hear the surgery went real well so everybody’s thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery including Met manager Luis Rojas who talked about it in Met Camp
The key in recovery is rest and relaxation but is also returning to the normalcy of your life as soon as possible. Boone had open heart surgery in 2009, The pacemaker according to his doctor will maintain adequate heart rates as Boone was experiencing shortness of breath and low energy for the past few weeks.
Of course all of our thoughts and prayers are with Boone who is an outstanding person who really cares about others in a way we should all emulate. Bench Coach Carlos Mendoza will take over the team on an interim until Boone returns which could be as soon as a week or two.