Bret Michaels Scheduled For Heart Surgery

Bret Michaels is scheduled to have¬†surgery on Monday, to repair a hole in his heart. The procedure will be done at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix by a team of surgeons.

In April of 2010, Michaels was treated for a brain hemorrhage, and it was at this time that the hole in his heart was discovered. This was highly publicized due to the obvious social status, but also because of his appearance and later win on Celebrity Apprentice, as well as his surprise appearance on last year’s American Idol finale. He will have a cardiac catheterization during this procedure, where doctors insert a catheter into a vein in his groin along with guide wires and a closing device directly into his heart. Cameras will assist the doctors as they repair the hole. The closing device will stay permanently in his heart in order to stop abnormal blood flow between the two chambers, the very thing thought to have caused the warning stroke he’d previously suffered. Without this, doctors say Michaels could develop further clots and possible further strokes.

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