In 2022, Hailey Bieber is thinking back on her “life-changing” mini-stroke. On Friday, March 10, the 26-year-old model and wife of Justin Bieber posted a video to her Instagram Story to commemorate the year anniversary of a medical emergency that sent her to the hospital with symptoms similar to a stroke.
She was later diagnosed with Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), a cardiac defect caused by a hole that did not correctly heal at birth. In her Instagram Story, Bieber posted a link to a nearly one-year-old YouTube video in which she discussed her PFO and said, “Can’t believe it’s been one year since I suffered a mini-stroke that leads to my PFO diagnosis.
Given that a year has passed since such a life-altering incident, she stated,
“I wanted to offer all the information I’ve learned about PFO and share resources to contribute.” In a subsequent post, the creator of Rhode skincare provided PFO statistics from UCLA Health, adding that it “affects 20% of all humans” and is “the most prevalent congenital heart condition.”
According to the article, PFO occurs “60% of the time among first-degree relatives” and is “expected to occur in 60% of people who have a stroke without a recognized etiology.” Bieber uploaded a 12-minute video in April 2022 in which she detailed the “extremely scary experience” that started while she and her pop star husband were having breakfast.
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Medical scans performed after she was transported to the hospital due to stroke-like symptoms revealed a small blood clot brought on by a Transient Ischemic Attack in her brain (TIA). She was eventually found to have a “grade 5 PFO,” which indicates that the blood clot had made its way to her heart. She got a PFO closure operation subsequently.
The model admitted earlier this year that the encounter had left her with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“I had a lot of worries thereafter. On the Run-Through with Vogue podcast in January, Bieber admitted that he had experienced some mild PTSD due to the concern that it would happen again. “I simply felt like I never wanted to go through that feeling again. In every aspect you could imagine, it was so terrible, shocking, and disorienting.