May 21, 2010 9:08

Poison's Bret Michaels suffers stroke and has hole in his heart

Singer returns to hospital following earlier brain haemorrhage

Poison's Bret Michaels suffers stroke and has hole in his heart

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Poison frontman Bret Michaels has returned to hospital after suffering from a stroke - and doctors have also discovered a hole in his heart.

The singer suffered a brain haemorrhage last month, and now doctors in the US have said he has had a "minor stroke" known as a Transient Ischemic Attack, it was reported on his official website, Bretmichaels.com.

Doctors have confirmed that the hole in the heart is treatable. Further tests are expected, and he is set to receive blood thinner before any procedures are carried out.

"We may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke," his doctor said. "However, we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain haemorrhage 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."

His spokesperson said: "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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