CELEBRITY APPRENTICE FINALIST, BRET MICHAELS, BACK IN HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING WARNING STROKE KNOWN AS A TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)
RECEIVES DEVASTATING NEWS AS TESTS SHOW HE HAS A HOLE IN HIS HEART OR PATENT FORAMEN OVALE (PFO)
Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret’s neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.
Dr. Zabramski states “There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. 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.”
Dr. Zabramski continues, “I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret’s brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests.”
Bret’s rep, Janna Elias, states “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.”
Legendary doom band PENTAGRAM have just announced the Southern US tour dates with Relapse recording artist BLACK TUSK. This tour will kick-off in Raleigh, NC and finish at the Maryland Deathfest. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.
PENTAGRAM have just been accepted into the Decibel Hall of Fame for their masterpiece recording of their 1985 Peaceville Records release of Relentless in the June issue of Decibel Magazine. “This is one of the momentous honors in Pentagram history. Thanks to all, heart and soul; next “hall of” stop, Cleveland, God willing!! LOL” states lead singer Bobby Liebling about being accepted into the Decibel Hall of Fame. This issue gives detailed interviews with Bobby and the guys about the recording process and the times spent during this period in the band.
May tour will feature the following band members:
Victor Griffin – Guitar
Greg Turley – Bass
Gary Isom – Drums
Bobby Liebling – The Mad Man On The Mic
Pentagram Tour Dates:
May 21 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
May 22 Savannah, GA The Jinx
May 23 Orlando, FL The Backbooth
May 25 Houston, TX Walter’s On Washington
May 26 Austin, TX Emo’s
May 27 New Orleans, LA The Hanger
May 28 Nashville, TN The End
May 29 Newport, KY Southgate House
May 30 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest VIII
Additional information will be made available via the PENTAGRAM MySpace page: www.myspace.com/thepentagramarchives
Miss America In Stoes June 8th!
Saving Abel have just premiered their official music video for “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)” on Yahoo! Music. Take a look at the guys rocking out by Hollywood’s famous Capitol Records building right here.
You can get “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)” on iTunes now. Also, Saving Abel’s album, Miss America, will be in stores and on iTunes on June 8th. Head to their MySpace for updates and more information.