Bret Michaels Suffers Stroke

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LOS ANGELES -- Rocker Bret Michaels is receiving outpatient care after suffering a small "warning stroke" known as a Transient Ischemic Attack, or TIA.

The 47-year-old "Poison" frontman and reality show contestant had been hospitalized after the stroke.

His publicist, Joann Mignano, told the Associated Press on Friday that the rocker is receiving outpatient care. Mignano gave no other details.

At that time, tests revealed that the also has a hole in his heart known as a Patent Forum Ovale, according to his official website.

Michaels has been recovering since April when he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage. Doctors say the TIA and the hole in his heart are not related to the earlier brain hemorrhage. Both conditions are considered treatable.

Michaels began experiencing numbness on the left side of his body, especially to his face and hands, according to his website.

He was hoping to be part of the May 23 finale of the Celebrity Apprentice. Although most of the show was filmed last fall, the finale requires that the last two constestants debate each other live in front of Donald Trump.

Doctors say they don't know if Michaels will be able to attend. "Bret's brain and body are not quite 100 percent yet," said Michaels' neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Zabramski.

Michaels' representative released this online statement: "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."

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