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    Fri, 21 May 2010 09:29:26

    Bret Michaels Suffers Setback - Hospitalized with warning stroke, diagnosed with hole in the heart

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    According to his official website, BretMichaels.com, ailing singer and reality show star Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, most notably in his face and hands. Doctors diagnosed this 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. What a tragic setback for Bret, who just appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. I did think Michaels was pushing it, trying to do too much, too soon, so let's hope that he gets 100% better and takes a minute.

    In a statement, Dr. Zabramski stated, "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 also said, "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, also offered an update, saying, "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."

    Bret, from your fans, TAKE IT EASY! Please rest your brain and your body. You have millions of people pulling for you.

    Do you think Michaels should take an extended vacation? Are you praying for him?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    05.21.10




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