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Bret Michaels appears in this Jan. 23, 2011 photo posted on his Facebook page. - Provided courtesy of facebook.com/BretMichaels

Bret Michaels to undergo heart surgery on Monday

01/24/2011 by Corinne Heller

Bret Michaels is set to undergo surgery in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday to repair a hole in his heart that doctors found several months ago following his "warning stroke" and brain hemorrhage.

Michaels, the 47-year-old singer of rock group Poison, has been keeping busy during the past few months. He toured the United States and Canada with his side band and released his fourth solo album.

In December, an episode of this VH1 reality show "Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It" showed that he and longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson, the mother of his two daughters, have gotten engaged.

Michaels suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke, in May 2010. While he was being treated, doctors also diagnosed him with a Patent Foramen Ovale, or hole in his heart. Michaels experienced pain and short-term memory loss following his ailments but his spokesperson has said that the rocker felt performing would help him recover.

"Barring any complications, I should be out within three to four days," the Arizona Republic newspaper quoted Michaels as saying about his surgery. "Then, I will be down (resting) for three weeks. I don't know if I can sit around for that long, but I'll try my best."

In the spring, Michaels plans to release his autobiography, "Roses & Thorns: The Reality of My Rock & Roll Fantasy," and launch a book tour.

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