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Celebrity Apprentice: Bret Michaels Suffers Warning Stroke, Returns To The Hospital

May 21, 2010 05:30 AM by Nancy Floyd


Bret Michaels, star of NBC‘s Celebrity Apprentice, is back in the hospital this week after suffering from a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. After experiencing numbness on the left side of his body, the rocker returned to the hospital where the doctors performed a series of tests and made some shocking discoveries. Keep reading for more details on Michaels’ current health crisis…

After undergoing an emergency appendectomy and suffering from a brain hemorrhage in the past month, Bret Michaels is back in the hospital yet again. The Celebrity Apprentice finalist was experiencing numbness in his face and hands, the results of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. Upon arriving at the hospital, his doctors performed a number of tests, including Doppler ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans, and discovered that Michaels suffers from a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), or a hole in his heart.

“There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately,” Michaels’ neurosurgeon, Dr. Zabramski says.

Dr Zabramski adds, “I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret’s brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests.”

Bret Michaels’ rep, Janna Elias made a statement on his behalf to his fans. ”Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again.”

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