Bret Michaels to Undergo Heart Surgery in The Fall

By AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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Bret Michaels to Undergo Heart Surgery in The Fall

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FILE - In this April 9, 2008 file photo, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels poses for a portrait in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Rocker and reality star Bret Michaels is the winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice," besting actress Holly Robinson Peete. Donald Trump told Michaels he was "hired" in Sunday's finale May 23, 2010, of the reality, winning $250,000 for his charity of choice, the American Diabetes Association. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, file)

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Bret Michaels will have heart surgery this fall, the rocker revealed to Access Hollywood on Monday.

"The Celebrity Apprentice" winner revealed that the recently discovered hole in his heart will be repaired after he is free and clear of the current medicines he's on to keep his body functioning following his three recent major health scares including last month's brain hemorrhage.

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"What they'll do is they'll go in and they'll do the heart operation in the fall," Bret told Access. "They have to let everything clear out and then they'll go in and do the operation in my heart and then I'm gonna be great. I don't have any other options except to think that it's gonna be great, it's gonna be a smooth operation and I'm gonna feel awesome."

Bret said he feels "amazing" presently, but back when he first was hit with a brain hemorrhage in late April, it was a much different story.

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"I've never felt pain like that ever," Bret told Access. "I got knocked out at the Tonys by a wall and it didn't feel half as bad as that did."

The rocker-turned-reality star said when he first suffered the condition, being told he "wasn't dead yet," but was facing a life-threatening injury, was terrifying, mostly as he thought of his two daughters.

"It was probably one of the scariest moments in my life… that was… up there with probably the scariest moment in my life," Bret recalled. "This could be it. Your life doesn't flash in front of your eyes. You don't all of a sudden have a rewind of your childhood, at least I didn't. What happened to me is I got very sad that I may never see my kids again, and my family. I was like, 'This can't be happening.'"

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While Bret continues to be treated for his condition, he has no regrets about having flown out for the "Celebrity Apprentice" finale, despite a doctor's advice.

"I just made the decision I have to set a goal in my life and yes they were very adamant that this is not the best thing to do," Bret said. "And… it rocked."

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