"Celebrity Apprentice" finalist Bret Michaels has been readmitted to a hospital this week after suffering a warning stroke known as a TIA or Transient Ischemic Attack, but has since been released.
Michaels complained of severe numbness on the left side of his body, which doctors described as a "warning stroke." After receiving a Doppler Ultrasound on his legs and lower abdomen to look for blood clots, and an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart, doctors discovered he has a hole in his heart, know as Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO).
Michaels' physician, Dr. Zabramski, says he believes this is treatable and doesn't think the warning stroke had anything to do with the singer's massive brain hemorrhage. "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."
It is unknown if Michaels will be able to attend the live "Apprentice" finale on Sunday. His doctor says he's not sure if Michaels can make it to the show, and that further tests will be conducted.
In a statement released by Bret Michaels' rep, Janna Elias, she said, "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."