Bret Michaels is back in the hospital after suffering “warning stroke”

Bret Michaels in Critical Condition After Suffering Brain Hemorrhage

Bret Michaels looked like he was going to make a full recovery from his brain hemorrhage, even appearing on Oprah to talk about his extended hospital stay and how lucky he was to be alive. Unfortunately, news of Bret’s recovery came too soon – his people informed the news outlets that Bret suffered a “warning stroke” this week. They don’t mention when, only that he has been readmitted to the hospital. Oh, and doctors also found “a hole in his heart”. Yikes.

Bret Michaels has suffered what doctors call a “warning stroke,” or a transient ischemic attack, according to his Web site.

The rocker, 47 — who is still recovering from a brain hemorrhage — was “readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands,” according to a statement posted on his site.

While undergoing tests — including an MRI and CT scan — doctors also discovered he has a hole in his heart.

The news is “devastating…to Bret and his family,” says his neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Zabramski. Michaels has two daughters, Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, with ex girlfriend Kristi Lynn Gibson.

Continues Dr. Zabramski, “The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the…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 adds, “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 percent 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 percent yet, especially with the hole found in his heart.”

Says his rep Janna Elias, “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.”

[From Us Weekly]

People Magazine’s sources claim that this stroke and heart condition likely have nothing to do with his brain hemorrhage. But how could it not? Yes, I’m not a medical professional, but it seems strange that he would have a “stroke” just days after being released from the hospital after major surgery. Several months ago my dad had major surgery, and he was on anti-coagulants for several weeks because of stroke fears. In any case, it sounds like Bret is surrounded by knowledgeable doctors and loved ones, and that he’ll make a solid (if not 100%) recovery. You’re in our thoughts, Bret!


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  1. Eileen Yover says:

    I am in no way attracted to him-or ever have been, but I really like him as a fun dude to hang out with. He is what he is and makes no bones about it. Here’s to you making a full recovery Bret so I can see more train wrecks on ROL!

  2. lucy2 says:

    Wow, he’s really having a rough go of it. For his sake and his family’s, I hope he is able to recover, and quickly.

  3. Dave says:

    Who discharged him from the hospital in the first place?
    He’s pushing himself too hard.

  4. Lisa says:

    He seemed so sweet on Oprah. My thoughts are with him.

  5. Rosanna says:

    It has nothing to do with the brain hemorrhage, in all likelihood. Why? Because the warning stroke he had is technically a TIA (ischemic attack, NOT a hemorrhage) that could happen because of the hole in his heart. In other words, he got a clot somewhere in his veins, the clot travelled to his heart, then go through the hole, ended up in his arteries and from there to the brain. The hemorrhage he had before is a *different* thing (it’s NOT a stroke), possibly it was a bleeding from either a small capillary or a small vein – had it been an artery he either would be dead or would have needed surgery (the arteries are high pressure vessels.. they don’t just close spontaneously).

  6. aury says:

    poor guy. i hope he pulls through ok.

  7. Beth says:

    I hope he takes this warning seriously. I can’t believe he plans to go on tour this month. I would have thought that loud noise for a prolonged period would be a big no for his health.

  8. texasmom says:

    Did he really wear his head rag in the hospital?? Weird!

  9. Schnauzers!!!! says:

    Hope he does well. He was supposed to do a concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi on the 28th, and I really hope he doesn’t for the sake of his girls…even though we were planning on driving down. He has GOT to slow down.

  10. GatsbyGal says:

    Oh Bret. ): He wants to be better and back up on stage so badly. I’m so worried for him!

  11. JulieNewmar says:

    LOL… @ texasmom…headrag … tee-heee

  12. Ophelia says:

    :-( I hope he gets better. He’s in my thoughts. Poor guy :-/

  13. laraT says:

    Hope he recovers fully and soon!
    If you ever meet Bret in person, you will see that he is very nice.
    TV shows and thier editing processes never do him justice, sorry to say.

  14. margo says:

    yes he wore his head rag in the hospital, my mom swears he is bald and has extensions LOL what a nice guy though hope he get’s out of this

  15. jc126 says:

    I’ve never really stopped worrying about him – seemed like they pushed him out of the hospital so fast, and that he was pushing himself too much. I so hope he is able to recover fully from all this.

  16. Sue says:

    Crazy as it sounds, with everything happening all at once, it doesn’t sound likely to have anything to do with the bleed a few weeks ago (which, in turn, was unrelated to his emergency appendectomy a few weeks before that). While the hemorrhage is a massive bleed (the less-known type of stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, is a massive brain bleed), a TIA is caused by a blood CLOT (like the “regular,” ischemic stroke). The hole in his heart sounds like it promotes clot formation, which caused the TIA – I think I read elsewhere that he’ll be treated with blood thinners, which isn’t uncommon. But it’s sort of nervewracking (to me) because blood thinners *aren’t* what you want for a hemorrhage, since it promotes bleeding.

    The stress of all he’s been through recently may have contributed to the TIA’s clot, if his blood pressure is up, but I’d imagine they have that under control due to concerns after the hemorrhage. But other than stress/blood pressure, they’re different pathologies. In a way, it’s nice that there’s a hole in the heart to repair, rather than him otherwise having a TIA at his age. But it does seem crazy that it’s all unrelated; unless he’s on clotting *agents*, I just don’t see how they would be.

  17. BW says:

    Gee Sue, that explanation was a good one, and kind of filled in the blanks and questions left by the article. It does seem strange though that it’s all probably unrelated. They are each such serious problems, I hope they get to the root of it, or them, and fix him, quickly. The stress from worrying about what might happen next can’t be helping matters. Makes me very grateful, that is for sure, and I do wish him the very best.

  18. imo says:

    I’ve met Brett several times in both personal and professional settings and he is a GREAT person with a HUGE heart. Keeping him in my prayers and I hope he makes a speedy recovery…smh bad things always seem to happen to good people.

  19. Visitor says:

    I do wish him the best, but became skeptical when I read his doctor’s quote mentioning Celebrity Apprentice.

  20. Erin says:

    On ROL I so wanted to see him as a misogynistic douche but he really just seems like a super nice, laid-back guy. I am so sad this is happening to one of the few rock gods who ISN’T a womanizing jerk. Hopefully all the good vibes being sent his way will protect him from any further health scares :/

  21. Stephy2185 says:

    It seems like Bret’s health has been “poison”ed..

    Okay, my joke was in very poor taste. I sincerely hope he makes a speedy and FULL recovery…He’s got some little kiddies who love and need him :) :)
    Get better Bret!!!

  22. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “If you ever meet Bret in person, you will see that he is very nice.
    TV shows and thier editing processes never do him justice, sorry to say.”

    Actually, laraT, I think the shows do a great job of showing what a nice, cool guy he really is. I didn’t know much of him at ALL before the ROL shows (yes, I watched, don’t judge…) and he came off as a little dim, but certainly a VERY nice guy who would be a whole lotta fun to hang out with.

  23. filthycute says:

    Does anyone else think this all reeks of “publicity stunt”?

  24. I think about who or if they’re going to get anybody to be able to switch him on the celeb apprentice coming right up? It is a pity too simply because i know he would have won! As you are able to almost certainly determine, gigantic Poison lover here! :-)

  25. the other mel says:

    I read that the warning stroke WAS indeed related to the brain hemorrhage, but that they also found a small hole in is heart, which was unrelated.

  26. georgia says:

    The most common risk factors for stroke are prior cerebrovascular or cardiovascular a stroke or heart increases with diabetes,cigarette smoking,certain medications…

  27. original kate says:

    “Does anyone else think this all reeks of “publicity stunt”? ”

    *raises hand*

  28. Jeri says:

    The poor guy. Bam! Bam! Bam! One thing after another. Unreal.

    But I don’t think it’s a publicity stunt, he’d have to be paying the dr.’s & he may have to cancel appearances so no gain in that.

    Don’t you have to have hair to attach a weave to? He may be balding but I don’t think he’s bald.

  29. original kate says:

    “Don’t you have to have hair to attach a weave to? He may be balding but I don’t think he’s bald.”

    jen – i agree i don’t think it’s a weave. i think his “hair” is attached to his cowboy hats and his mandanas.

  30. Schnauzers!!!! says:

    I think he would be SEXY bald. (Sorry, I like bald men….)

  31. Bonfire Beach says:

    @ Schnauzers: Me too!

  32. gg says:

    LOL – “mandanas”! :lol:

    I have to wear them until my hair comes back in – I HATE THEM! lol

  33. texasmom says:

    “Mandanas” has made my day!!