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Bret Michaels Back In Hospital After Warning Stroke, Also Has a Hole In His Heart

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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 (Bret'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."

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1. Chazz writes:

"Has a hole in his heart"? Yikes!

# May 20, 2010 @ 10:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. uwish writes:

Hope he pulls through!!

# May 20, 2010 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. texas raised writes:

damn this guy is going thru hell

# May 20, 2010 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Trendkill91 writes:

Most unwell dude in the music business.

# May 21, 2010 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

....poor ol' wiggy danner.....fvckin dude has had some hard luck man, damn...

ya know, as much as we hammer bret fer bein a major cheesed!ck, which he is....by far the worst of the poisoned lot is fvcking cruella c deVille

dude looks like THE worst frosted houston soccer mom from ol '88 imaginable....who sounds like just sucked a helium c0ck

that guy is dumber than sheepy sh!t....or is it dalmation dumps???

i'm sorry ....have had a few beers :)

....been a long day

# May 21, 2010 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Dasher10 writes:

This just isn't your year, Brett...

Get better soon. Your music sucks but you give publicity to the metal scene as a whole so I don't care.

# May 21, 2010 @ 1:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Diamond Oz writes:

I hope he gets better soon. One of my cousins has a hole in her heart, if you take good care of yourself you'll be alright.

# May 21, 2010 @ 2:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. WOLF7 writes:

My ex left a hole in my heart too, so if I made it, I expect Bret to make it as well.

Seriously, I hope Bret pulls through just fine

# May 21, 2010 @ 2:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Mitaliztaz writes:

I'd approve his death.

# May 21, 2010 @ 3:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. WOLF7 writes:

^ ouch. I assume a complete Poison discography won't be found in Mitaliztaz's household?

# May 21, 2010 @ 4:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Bloodstone86 writes:

Whether U love him or hate him, wishing Bret a speedy death is as low as its gets. Bret, I wish U well n' hope U pull thru so U can live for many years to come.

There has been waaay 2 much death in the music biz, especially in the metal world. I am still in shock over Ronnie being gone. I still get a laugh from his smackdown on Gene Simmons in that documentary: "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey". Ronnie, U were the sh** dude! R.I.P.

# May 21, 2010 @ 5:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. wilco writes:

wolf i feel more sorry for you
just a hole in the heart they can fix that real easy

well sorry for the dude but think he is done
and on his way out

# May 21, 2010 @ 5:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. kathulhu writes:

Poor Bret. I hope he gets better soon. He may be cheesy & old enough to be my dad but I still have the hots for him! He seems like a genuinely nice guy.

# May 21, 2010 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hmm writes:

the brain hemoraging is from getting knocked the F@#K out at the music awards haha

# May 21, 2010 @ 1:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Rychemn writes:

Brett has definetly had a bad year.....I wish him all the best...

# May 21, 2010 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brandedcfh420 writes:

Ok, now just keep him in there!!!

# May 21, 2010 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. WOLF7 writes:

Thanks Wilco ( I think.. ;). I also agree that it doesn't sound overly positive for Bret, though

# May 21, 2010 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. The_Passenger writes:

If this isn't a sing of whats going to happen next idk what is...

# May 21, 2010 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. YourDaddy writes:

Yea I'm not a Poison fan but hell Bret is going through alot wish him nothing but the best.

# May 21, 2010 @ 6:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

Wolf: lol. I speak Wilco (A.K.A crazy drunk Dutchman). It wasn't a flame.

# May 21, 2010 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. OlafBerzerker writes:

Cue the music.... whole hearted by Extreme

# May 22, 2010 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Satchel writes:

Prayers for a great guy and family!

# May 22, 2010 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. tedfromoutoftown writes:

I guess the tour is off?
Management must be disapointed since they tried to wheel him out of the hospital and straight on tour the first time.

# May 22, 2010 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. sassykitty writes:

i hope that Bret gets better quick. he seems like he is a nice guy and he`s easy on the eyes!

# May 22, 2010 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. metalgod666 writes:

get well soon bret

# May 23, 2010 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. xDecapitation writes:

I wish Dio switched places with this douchebag. I don't wish him death but f***, he deserves it.

# May 23, 2010 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Trendkill91 writes:

^ You don't wish him death but he deserves it ?
How does someone deserve today just for making music?

Not trying to cause beef with ya bro.
Just seems a little bit silly buddy.

# May 23, 2010 @ 8:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. u no who writes:

mitaliztaz,U R A fkn wankn goorat!!!!!! bad karma is coming u weak fuk

# May 23, 2010 @ 11:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. brandedcfh420 writes:

I JUST READ THAT BRETT WON THE FKN CELEBRITY APPRENTICE GAY SHOW!!! WHAT A CROCK OF SH!T!!

# May 24, 2010 @ 12:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Trendkill91 writes:

^
I don't know bro,
something seems a bit odd.

# May 24, 2010 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Master_Randomizer writes:

At the rate he's going I wouldn't be surprised if he dropped dead before the year ends.

# May 24, 2010 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. hellrat writes:

nah man ^....glammy poof ken dolls are made of PLASTIC....easily fixed when their 'parts' break down (parts is parts)

can't kill fvckin PLASTIC brother, it lasts forever ;)

# May 24, 2010 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. subl33t writes:

Just give him a blood transfusion from Keith Richards - that should make him near immortal.


or the toxic shock could just mean spontaneous human combustion.

# May 28, 2010 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. toxicclown writes:

when is he ganna die

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35. Valentine_no_more writes:

Eveyone on a Metal website is worried for bret...not really...at least not me. That would just mean no more 'rock of love'

# Jun 3, 2010 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. n0thinghead writes:

we should just RIPing him alrdy. u know, just to get a head start.

RIP bret michaels. u will be missed for ur... u'll be missed. kinda.

# Jun 3, 2010 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. bradparsons writes:

poor dude

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