Frankie Muniz suffers a second ministroke
Former "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz has suffered a second ministroke almost exactly a year after his first.
The 27-year-old, who played the title character on Fox's popular sitcom from 2000 to 2006, tweeted about his latest experience Monday.
The actor's first ministroke occurred while he was driving his motorcycle, he told People.
"I thought I had something on the visor of my helmet. I couldn't focus out of my right eye," Muniz, who now drums for the band Kingsfoil, told the magazine. The actor said that after he got home, "I was really dizzy and in a lot of pain in my whole body and my head. My hands were numb. I didn't really have good balance and I was almost dropping the bike. I never had this before. ... I felt like I was getting stabbed in the head — the worst headache you could ever think of. I couldn't see anything."
A week later, however, he was already displaying a sense of humor about the incident:
Having strokes in your 20s isn't unheard of; anyone can experience a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 2010, more 664,000 Americans between the ages of 18 to 44 suffered strokes, and an October 2012 study published in the journal Neurology showed that the rate of strokes in people between 20 to 54 was rising.
After "Malcolm in the Middle" ended, Muniz moved on to race-car driving. Muniz still acts, appearing on ABC's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" last year and Syfy's 2013 TV movie "Blast Vegas," but is most often found on the drum kit with his band Kingsfoil.