Rock and reality star Bret Michaels is back in the hospital after suffering what doctors called a “warning stroke,” according to his web site.
Michaels, 47, has also been diagnosed with a hole in the heart.Â The heart condition is reportedly operable, but for now Michaels will receive blood thinners and outpatient treatment.
It is “highly unlikely the problems were related to the brain hemorrhage,” according to a statement on his web site.
Michaels just recently survived a brain hemorrhage.Â He spoke on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Wednesday about his brush with death, saying he realized what mattered most were his children, family, and friends.
Michaels, the lead singer of Poison and reality star of Vh1’s “Rock of Love,” was expected to appear atÂ theÂ finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice” in New York, which will air live on NBC on Sunday.Â He is a finalist in Donald Trump’sÂ reality show competition, along with actress Holly Robinson-Peete.Â It has not yet been reported as to whether Michaels will still attend.
Bret Michaels’ web site is again experiencing difficulty loading, likely due to fans flocking to the site as they did during the last health crisis.Â But fans looking for updates can keep trying www.bretmichaels.com or check on his FacebookÂ page (click here).
The following is the latest from his Facebook page:
CELEBRITY APPRENTICE FINALIST, BRET MICHAELS, BACK IN HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING WARNING STROKE KNOWN AS A TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)
RECEIVES DEVASTATING NEWS AS TESTS SHOW HE HAS A HOLE IN HIS HEART OR PATENT FORAMEN OVALE (PFO)
Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bretâ€™s neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.
Dr. Zabramski states “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.”
Dr. Zabramski continues, “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’s rep, Janna Elias, states “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.”