<p><span></span>Rocker <strong>Bret Michaels</strong> underwent successful surgery yesterday to close a hole in his heart. He is recovering at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where the procedure was performed. "Bret is in good spirits and [his fiancée] Kristi has been by his side," his rep tells <em>Life & Style</em> exclusively. <br />
Bret, who was treated at St. Joseph's in April for a brain hemorrhage, had a cardiac catheterization, which guided wires and a closure device into his heart. The hole in his heart (called a patent foramen ovale or PFO) is thought to have caused the warning stroke Bret suffered eight months ago.
Just hours before the surgery, Bret spoke exclusively to Life & Style about how he was preparing. "Physically, I've been through more blood tests than I care to mention," he said. "Mentally, I've talked to my daughters about it. I said I have to go through this operation, but everything is going to be great."
Though aware that any surgery has risks, Bret believed he would go through it and emerge stronger: "It's going to be a positive operation," he told Life & Style. "It's actually going to make me feel better."
Read more from the exclusive interview with Bret Michaels on his emotional days before surgery in the new issue of Life & Style--on newsstands tomorrow!
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