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Bret Michaels

Hospitalized for Heart Problems

5/20/2010 6:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bret MichaelsBret Michaels was rushed back to the hospital this week where doctors claim they found a "hole in the heart."

According to Bret's rep, the singer was complaining about "numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands."

After a series of tests, doctors concluded that Michaels had suffered a "Transient Ischemic Attack -- more commonly referred to as a "warning stroke."

During the tests, the doctors say they found that Bret had a Patent Forum Ovale -- which is essentially a hole in the heart.

Doctors say Bret's condition is "operable and treatable." The docs also don't believe the "warning stroke" is related to Bret's brain hemorrhage.

Bret will be treated with outpatient care -- which includes a daily injection of a blood thinner.

Bret's rep also notes that the singer is in "good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK."

The rep concludes, "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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Miss Bu    

I think it is time someone took some time off and rested.

1617 days ago


That is just messed up!
Take care and SLOW it down!

1617 days ago


Sounds like the powers that be are tell Bret to scrap his plans to tour in a week!!

1617 days ago


This guy should apologize to whichever witch doctor he pissed off. He is obviously cursed.

1617 days ago


Brett time to take it easy man! No way should you be going back on tour this month take a freaking year or 2 and chill man we all will love to see you rock again!

1617 days ago


He's toast. Noooo way he'll make it after all this medical drama. Sorry.

1617 days ago


Oh my gosh. That's quite enough! Take care of yourself and get these medical issue under control.

1617 days ago


Dude,we understand about the bandana. We understand what a great guy and devoted dad you are. We know that the REAL YOU is just plain "all good". We also know you want to "rock". But what's important is that you are here to do that. And we, your fans, are not going anywhere. So take the time you need. There is no need to prove something that we already know. Bret Michaels Rocks! Please get well. It may seem like forever to you, but WE want you around forever for real, and obviously, we are not the only ones. Much love...God speed..

1617 days ago

Celebrities Suck    

Get well Bret...

1617 days ago


LOL @Johnny... you just know it was one of those girls from Rock of Love!!

1617 days ago


Lord, I hope he gets better soon! Bad luck comes in 3s and he has 4, appendicitis, hemmorage, hole in heart and now the warning stroke! Take some time off Bret and get yourself better!

1617 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Get well soon, Bret. We love you!

1617 days ago

Straight Talkin Texan    

Good lord! Bret needs to ROCK HIS HEALTH!...which means he needs to TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF! Quit pushing himself! Take it easy! Try rockin' the relaxation vibe!!!

1617 days ago


Bret! Don't let an apendectomy, brain hemmorage, stroke, hole in the heart and celebrity apprentice stop you...get out there and ROCK!

1617 days ago

LA Native    

Please! Just stay home and chill for awhile. The tour can wait and remember, you need to be alive to do one. Somebody or thing is trying to tell you something, so listen up!
Think of the kids.

1617 days ago
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