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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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61.

jon    

Maybe He shouldn't "rock" again.
Maybe He should just be a normal Dad.

1587 days ago
62.

Kara    

That's the FIRST thing his DR's should have looked for... a hole in your heart can absolutely be the cause of all this...

1587 days ago
63.

Lola79    

bad thing being on blood thiners right after a brain bleed...I guess he is too high risk for repeair of his PFO...well good luck man, hope all turns out OK!

1587 days ago
64.

MTVisdumbingdownAmerica    

It is the diabetes. This is what happens to a Type 1 diabetic. It doesn't matter how good the control is, it will never be the same as a normal body. Hang in there BRETT

1587 days ago
65.

Klipper    

Christ... this guy is having the worst luck lately, health wise. I feel bad for him. He needs to stay off the road for awhile and focus on his health.

1587 days ago
66.

whoareyou    

Surprise, Surprise, Brett has a defective heart. No wonder he doesn't have to ability to love.

1587 days ago
67.

Heidi    

It's known that heart problems & diabetes run together.... What I don't get is after all of the tests he's been through, why they didn't discover his heart problem as well...... I hope all goes well & can imagine how frustrated he must be for wants to get back to being him....... I wish him the best!!!

1587 days ago
68.

ahahah    

The appendicitis is connected to the brain hemorage,



the brain hemorage is connected to the heart hole,



the heart hole is connected to the mini stroke ...



repeat chorus



Seriously, why do they think NONE of these ailments are related? They need to make sure he's totally ok before letting him go this time or they might kill him!



Be safe Mr. Michaels (and please ignore my lame misspelled jokes)...

1587 days ago
69.

marymac    

Karma's a bitch, eh Bret? Guess you shouldn't have been such an a-hole to so many people.

1587 days ago
70.

marymac    

And don't forget the hard partying with drugs and alcohol, he knew his physical limitations with type 1 diabetes. Fool made his bed.

1587 days ago
71.

matt    

damn, i dont think god wants this guy to be alive

1587 days ago
72.

lisatxss    

Bret, time to really rest up and take it slow. You may be tired of hospitals but its time to follow Drs orders. Your little girls need you more than groupies and fans.

1587 days ago
73.

sandy    

Shameless as usual. If the truth is not going to be told then nothing should be reported whatsoever. Not everyone in the public is stupid.

1587 days ago
74.

Lilly    

Brett take some time off. I mean really, your life depends on it. Learn to relax, spend time with your daughters, family and friends. Slow down dude.

1587 days ago
75.

Shutupanddrive    

Listen up idioits at TMZ - it's patent foramen ovale - geez. It's a birth defect that can cause strokes in adults. It's easily fixed with an operation that lasts less than 2 hours and you're good as new. Lots of people are walking around with PFO but don't know it until they have an echocardiogram.

1587 days ago
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