EXCLUSIVE: Bret Michaels To Be Released From Hospital On Wednesday, Ordered To 'Totally Rest'


Jan. 25 2011, Published 3:40 p.m. ET

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Doctors have ordered workaholic Bret Michaels to ‘totally rest’ as he starts to recover from his heart surgery, can reveal.

The Poison rocker underwent a cardiac catheterization to close a hole in his heart on Monday and it’s understood that he will be released from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center on Wednesday.

And can reveal that family and friends of the famous rocker are delighted with the way the complicated procedure went.

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A family source told “The operation went well and he is due to be released from hospital tomorrow.

“His spirits are good and the doctors all said Bret was a ‘real fighter’ with the spirit he has shown.

“But they have ordered him to take it easy and totally rest as he tries to recover in the coming weeks. They told Bret not to take work calls and stuff like that just to concentrate on getting better.

“However, everybody is really happy with the way that the surgery went and all the signs are good.”

As previously reported, Monday's procedure was not an emergency one, but rather a preventative measure doctors decided to take in hopes of reducing the risk of the rocker suffering from blood clots or further strokes, which he's more susceptible to with the hole in his heart.

In the procedure, doctors inserted a catheter into a vein in Michaels' groin, and guided wires into his heart, as well as a closure device that will remain there permanently. The device, doctors said, should cease abnormal blood flow between the two chambers of the singer's heart.

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The 47-year-old Celebrity Apprentice winner was hospitalized on April 21, 2010, following a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, and spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. After a mini-stroke a month later, doctors detected the hole in his heart, known medically as a patent foramen ovale.


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