Check-up --- Thumbs up!!!

I spent most of the day at the hospital for my annual check-up (series of tests). I'm followed quite closely because of my congenial heart problems and atrial flutter.

The docs say my ablation last summer was a success. From my pacemaker check-up, they found I had short (a few beats) episodes of atrial flutter, but nothing to worry about. My stress test was also a success. They told me I did better that the vast majority of "normal" people. The remaining battery life of my pacemaker is about 6-8 years and I'm being paced 100% of the time. Needless to say, I’m very happy with the results.

My docs encouraged me to stay active and continue eating well. I plan to increase my aerobic exercise like walking & biking and I also continue to remain caffeine-free. Both seem to help me feel better.

Best of heath,




by jessie - 2008-02-20 10:02:06

that is great news blake. so nice to hear the news. i am so pleased fro you. i always admire the strength of the young anyone up to 60 who gets one it is somehow harder to accept because of the age. it should not be in one so young. so good for you. all the best maureen

Thats exciting!

by tcrabtree85 - 2008-02-20 10:02:07

Congrats Blake,
That is very exciting news.


That is wonderful!

by MHCHAMPION - 2008-02-20 10:02:18

Great news to hear! I'm happy for you.
Thanks too for starting and keeping this site. It is so wonderful to come here and truly be among peers. The info. I have found here in my few short weeks is wonderful!
Thanks again and stay healthy!

Fantastic news!

by pacergirl - 2008-02-20 10:02:33

Hello Blake,

Well how about that! I am so pleased for you. It renews my faith in the medical community.
May you continue to grow stronger and able to get out and ride your bike.

Take care, and thank you for sharing you wonderful news!



by CathrynB - 2008-02-20 10:02:48

Hey Blake,
That'swonderful news! I'm so glad to hear the update. I too find I feel better if I limit my caffeine (and alcohol also). And exercise seems to be good for all of us, so I'm not surprised to hear that part. Great about the stress test result, and happy skiing, biking, walking and whatever you and the rest of your family enjoy doing together. Best wishes for those 6-8 more years til the next replacement, and thank you again for all you do for us by creating and supporting this site -- it is a lifesaver and wonderful support!
Take care,

keep up the great work...

by queen_beez - 2008-02-21 03:02:01

as it seems to be working. Share your secrets as you are always doing so much with the sight as well as so many other great things.
Good going.
Your "strange" friend,

Great News

by janetinak - 2008-02-21 03:02:13

Thanks for sharing, Blake. Good for you! And thanks for this site.


Only the Best for the Best

by Blueaustralia - 2008-02-21 05:02:15

Hi Blake.

Thanks for keeping us all up to date with your outcomes. It is great news to hear you are doing so well. You bring so much pleasure to us all with your hard work. I really appreciate all you do. All the best.


by duggie - 2008-02-21 05:02:49

Blake, I am very new to the site, but like everyone is saying, THANKS for your vision and creation of this site.
I will have my (first) PM inserted tomorrow morning at St. Joseph's in Atlanta.
The info already shared by fellow members has been very helpful and comforting to me. It is always nice to obtain help and advise from those that have "walked the walk."
Anyway, thanks again and good luck to you. God bless!

Must be doing everything right

by Tessy - 2008-02-21 06:02:03

Well done, keep up the good work. Nice to hear such positive results

Thank for such a great website.


Hoorah for a Great Guy!

by Rewiredaussiegirl - 2008-02-21 08:02:02

Hi Blake
Thats great news.I was wondering how things were going for you after your rough spell last year.
I agree with the exersise .We should all keep as active as we can.Although I have a pacemaker and am paced 100% like yourself I can keep up with the young ones.Some of them just walk to slow for me !!!.
If you ever come to OZ for a visit I will go for a bike ride with you.
Take care and thanks so much for the friendships, comfort and help we get from the Pacemaker club

Hi Blake

by Peter.Nash - 2008-02-21 10:02:37

So pleased all is looking good for you.. make the most of it all tke Care Peter.N


by Stepford_Wife - 2008-02-21 11:02:16

Congratulations Blake. Keep up the good work. That's great news.
Take care,

~ Dominique ~

You know you're wired when...

You have a new body part.

Member Quotes

I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.