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Monday, April 26, 2010

Bret Michaels Still In ICU.

Bret Michaels (born Bret Michael Sychak, March 15, 1963) remains in intensive care under 24-hour surveillance at an undisclosed hospital according to a new update from the Poison frontman and "Celebrity Apprentice" star's official Web site.

Michaels was rushed to the hospital last Thursday after suffering from a headache that he reportedly likened to being "hit in the head with a baseball bat over and over again." Doctors diagnosed a subarachnoid hemorrhage (see below). By Friday, Michaels was apparently alert enough to talk to his father by phone. Wally Sychak told Radar Online that his son was, "upbeat and positive but [doctors] had him sedated."

Over the weekend, several "Celebrity Apprentice" contestants tweeted their well wishes to Michaels. Donald Trump today told he's in touch with the hospital where Michaels is being treated and speculates that Michaels's 2009 Tony Awards mishap -- when the rocker was struck by a piece of scenery -- may have something to do with his current condition.

Added Trump: "He turns out to be an amazing competitor and ultimately that is the thing that could save his life."

What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Bleeding into the subarachnoid space—the area between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater surrounding the brain. This may occur spontaneously, usually from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, or may result from head injury.

Sudden or decreased consciousness and alertness, difficulty or loss of movement or feeling, mood and personality changes, including confusion and irritability, muscle aches (especially neck pain and shoulder pain), nausea and vomiting, photophobia (light bothers or hurts the eyes), seizure, stiff neck and vision problems, including double vision, blind spots, or temporary vision loss in one eye.

How well a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage does depends on a number of different factors, including the location and extent of the bleeding, as well as any complications. Older age and more severe symptoms from the beginning are associated with a poorer prognosis.

Complete recovery can occur after treatment, but death may occur in some cases even with aggressive treatment.

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