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Rocker Bret Michaels Undergoes Successful Heart Surgery

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Bret Michaels arrives at the American Country Awards 2010 held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images).

Bret Michaels arrives at the American Country Awards 2010 held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images).

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PHOENIX (AP) — Officials at a Phoenix hospital say rocker Bret Michaels’ surgery to close a hole in his heart was successful.

A surgical team at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix performed the procedure Monday.

A hospital spokeswoman says Michaels is recuperating and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit for observation.

Doctors discovered the hole in Michaels’ heart in April when he was treated for a brain hemorrhage.

Doctors inserted a catheter into a vein in Michaels’ groin with a closure device, and tiny cameras assisted doctors as they operated to close the hole.

The closure device will remain in Michaels’ heart permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between two chambers of his heart, which is thought to have caused the warning stoke he suffered.

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