BRET MICHAELS Back in Hospital After Mini-Stroke

Date May 20, 2010 / 1475 reads

Bret is back in hospital after experiencing numbness on the left side of his body predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) also known as a warning or mini-stroke. Further tests showed he has a hole in his heart (a Patent Foramen Ovale or PFO).

Dr. Zabramski states "a PFO is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the TIA. however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100 per cent 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 per cent yet, especially with the hole found in his heart."

Michaels' manager Janna Elias described the singer as "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."

It was not immediately clear when he fell ill.


A Transient Ischemic Attack (abbreviated as TIA, often colloquially referred to as "mini stroke?) is a change in the blood supply to a particular area of the brain, resulting in brief neurologic dysfunction that persists, by definition, for less than 24 hours. If symptoms persist longer, then it is categorized as a stroke

Patent Foramen Ovale: A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a defect in the septum (wall) between the two upper (atrial) chambers of the heart. Specifically, the defect is an incomplete closure of the atrial septum that results in the creation of a flap or a valve-like opening in the atrial septal wall. A PFO is present in everyone before birth but seals shut in about 80 per cent of people.