The Bretster is back in the hospital after experiencing numbness on the left side of his body, which was caused by a Transient Ischemic Attach, or a warning stroke. Once back in the care of doctors, they found a Patent Foramen Ovale, a.k.a. a hole in his heart causing the symptoms.
Thankfully the problem is very treatable, especially since it was caught early. Here’s what Dr. Zambramski had to say about Bret Michael”s current condition:
“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.
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 can’t seem to catch a break with his health. He suffers from Type 1 diabetes, recently had an appendectomy, and then the most traumatic event: a life-threatening brain hemorrhage he’s just shown signs of recovering from.
Hopefully Bret can make it to the Celebrity Apprentice finale! The Don’s gotta choose him.