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Bret Michaels just kicked off his fall Roses and Thorns tour, which wraps in December. He'll take some time off and then head into surgery the following month.
updated 9/23/2010 12:30:07 PM ET 2010-09-23T16:30:07

Bret Michaels' ticker is getting a tune-up.

Months after being hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage, followed by a spectacular recovery and then a "warning stroke," the Poison frontman is now scheduled to go under the knife in January to repair a defect in his heart, his publicist tells E! News.

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"It's for the hole in his heart," his rep said. "I don't know any specifics."

While it has the ring of a power ballad, the condition is something the 47-year-old Michaels has lived with all his life.

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During his spring residency in the hospital, doctors discovered that the bandana-wearing rocker/reality star had a "patent foramen ovale," a hole in the heart that had nothing to do with the stroke he suffered but was something he's had since birth that is "operable and treatable."

Michaels confirmed the health issue on his website back in May and indicated he was taking a regimen of blood thinners to treat it.

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The singer, who also has type 1 diabetes, just kicked off his fall Roses and Thorns tour, which wraps in December. He'll take some time off and then head into surgery the following month.

But he won't be bedridden too long.

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Michaels' next project is his autobiography, "Roses & Thorns: The Reality of My Rock & Roll Fantasy," coming out in March.

"The next thing he has is his book tour [beginning] March 15, on his birthday," his publicist said. "After the holidays, he'll do this and then have time to heal before the whole book publicity campaign."

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    >> michaels is having major surgeries.

    >>> and is lindsay going back to jail tomorrow? let's get the scoop from today show pop culture columnist. modern family was great last night. it was on your list of shows to watch.

    >> thank you so much. we're going to start with brett michaels . his rep confirmed he will have heart surgery . in the course of that hemorrhage, the mini stroke that followed, they realized that he had a hole in his heart. something that probably had been there sings birth that needs to be fixed. that surgery will take place in january. he's touring right now. he has heart surgery in january. march 15th , his birthday, he'll bin a book tour busy guy.

    >> have to slip that heart surgery in.

    >> for someone with massive procedures, he doesn't get much time to rest. let's get to what to watch tonight. there's only one thing to watch. " 30 rock ."

    >> yes. " 30 rock " is definitely up there as the show to watch. it's the fifth season of " 30 rock ." matt damon made another appearance. it makes pft sense that she would be dating a pilot ironically. also, "the office." even if you don't like it, start watching it now. this is steve carell 's last season. this will bring out the best in the writers. when you have something to work around, that is this monumental, it gives a lot of opportunity to do fun things. and you're going to see that all through the season. something buzzsy, i don't think it's going to be very good or last very long, but see it so you can be part of the conversation later. "bleep my dad says." it comes for a very popular facebook page. an interesting issue with the show is because of the title that doesn't really start with a real letter, couldn't dvr it. they had to send out instructions to viewers telling them tow to dvr it. tepid reviews right now. not sure if it's going to make it. also "grey's anatomy." the cliff hanger was one of the best season finales .

    >> is this the last season?

    >> no, but it will be a great season. then tomorrow morning we'll all be on the edges of our seat wondering if lindsay lohan will report directly to jail.

    >> seriously?

    >> do you think i'm serious?

    >> she should have taken the situation seriously.

    >> absolutely agree with you. it's 7:30 pacific time . she'll be going to court. she's going to go to jail. the judge said, for every failed test, you're supposed to receive 30 days in jail. technically if they go by what the judge said, that will be 60 days in skbral. it will be interesting to see what happens. for the latest entertainment news, log onto

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  1. Just happy to be here

    Bret Michaels attends the "Celebrity Apprentice" Season 3 finale after party at Trump SoHo in New York on Sunday, May 23. (Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Get a job!

    Michaels, left, celebrates after being "hired" by Donald Trump, as Holly Robinson Peete looks on during the finale of "Celebrity Apprentice" on Sunday, May 23. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Business class

    Michaels is shown fourth from right as part of the cast of Donald Trump's latest "Celebrity Apprentice." The rocker, 47, was in critical condition on April 26 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Trump, center in red tie, issued a statement that he was "deeply saddened" to hear of Michael's medical condition. "He's a great competitor and champion," Trump said, "and I hope he will be fine." (Mitch Haaseth / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Work it out

    Michaels, left, and former Olympian Michael Johnson are seen in an episode of "Celebrity Apprentice." (Ali Goldstein / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Watch your head!

    Michaels, center, performs with former Poison bandmates C.C. DeVille, left, and Bobby Dall right, at the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 7, 2009. Michaels was hit in the face with a set piece during the performance. (Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Straight off the bus

    Michaels performs during the kickoff of the "Rock of Love Bus Tour" at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Jan. 31, 2009. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. He wants to be their rock

    Michaels was the center of attention on the VH1 series "Rock of Love," where women competed for the affection of the musician turned reality star. (Scott Odgers / VH1) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Oh, that old trick

    Michaels busts out the guitar for the contestants on the first season of "Rock of Love." (Scott Odgers / VH1) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Story of their lives?

    Michaels, left, and Rikki Rockett of Poison attend the premiere of the film "Rock Star" in Westwood, Calif., on Sept. 4, 2001. (Vince Bucci / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Familiar script

    Pamela Anderson, right, dated Michaels in 1993-94. A version of a sex tape the couple made appeared on the Internet and was released on DVD in 2005 before Michaels stopped it from being distributed. Anderson also famously starred in another tape with her rocker husband Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. (S. Granitz / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. All about the hair

    The members of Poison, from left, C.C. Deville, Michaels, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett, attend the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 1987. The band was at the forefront of the glam metal scene and the album "Open Up and Say ... Ahh!" was a multi-platinum seller. (Lennox Mclendon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Take your Poison

    Michaels, center, and guitarist Bobby Dall prance on stage during a 1987 concert at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, Calif. (George Rose / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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