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Bret Michaels has a TIA—Nothing Mini About So-Called “Mini- Stroke”

admin - May 21, 2010

Bret Michaels, Poison front man and contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, was re-hospitalized Thursday after suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke. Doctors also discovered a hole in Michaels’ heart.

This is a terrible setback for the 47 year-old celebrity. He is also recovering from a brain hemorrhage suffered this past April. He recently appeared on Oprah looking fit and ready to return to Apprentice. He has Type 1 Diabetes and was attempting to win the contest and a $250,000 prize for the American Diabetes Association.

The term mini-stroke is somewhat misleading. Recent research presented at the 2010 American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in San Antonio underscores how a TIA is not a mini-problem. According to the researchers, cognitive impairment is common in TIA victims and is an indication that brain injury has already begun. The research was funded by the Canadian Stroke Network.

In the news released provided by the American Stroke Association ( lead researcher Michael Harnadek, Ph.D., states “Our research, and similar studies, underscores the need for the prevention of cerebrovascular disease, as well as early detection and treatment in those affected, to preserve cognitive health.”

According to the same press release, the American Stroke Association reports that a third of people who have a TIA will have a full-blown stroke within a year.

Michaels’ diabetes places him at increased risk for all types of vascular disease and this ongoing stream of cardiovascular problems is an example of how we sometimes can’t know what is happening inside our bodies. Our thoughts are with Bret and his family with hopes for a full recovery.


2 Comments so far
  1. Carolyn McDowell - June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Good information.

  2. Linda Ladman - August 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    My 96 year old mother had a TIA on June 1st which caused her to loose her balance and she fell and ended up with a broken hip and is blind in her left eye.
    So please take this very seriously and take care of your health.

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