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December 11th, 2012
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Actor Frankie Muniz, 27, recovers from 'mini-stroke': 'Until something happens, you really don’t expect it'

Actor, racer and musician Frankie Muniz comes to “Starting Point” with a harrowing tale of a recent health scare.

Just two weeks ago, the former “Malcolm in the Middle” started feeling strange while riding his motorcycle when he noticed he'd lost vision in one eye. After that, he was having trouble understanding words, and his fiancée noticed that he couldn't speak properly. A visit to the hospital revealed that he had suffered a mini-stroke. Muniz turned 27 just last week and shares his story of recovery this morning.

Muniz had worked out earlier that morning and felt perfectly healthy until the symptoms came on during his motorcycle ride. “Personally, I felt invincible,” Muniz says. “Until something happens, you really don’t expect it.”

Muniz and his doctors are still uncertain what caused the mini-stroke. "[I've] never had a drink of alcohol," Muniz says. Drugs? "I've never even been near them."

But Muniz admits extreme stress may be a factor. "I can say that is the one thing in my life that I do need to work on."

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  1. Jonas Turner

    Well, the guy drinks more NOS than he probably does water. I wouldn't be surprised that this would happen. I am a huge fan of him, but he needs to take better care of himself.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kameel

    Consider PFO, which is a small permanent hole between the two hear atrial chambers that can allow very small blood clot more likely from the legs or any part of the venous system to cross to the left side of the heart, bypassing the lung and migrating to the brain producing TIA or minor stroke.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Annie

    Our entire family wants Frankie Muniz to take very good care of himself! He seems like such a delightful young man in "real" life, but in addition to that assumption, one thing we KNOW is how much we love him as "Malcolm" in the best TV show EVER: "Malcolm in the Middle". Maybe he would like to be known for something other than that and maybe he longs for new roles and personae and if so, we hope that happens for him, but there are a gazillion people out here who just really hold him and the show that brings us so much utter JOY very dear and so we will always love him and the cast and all those who created it. Be well, Frankie! Maybe learn to meditate, yoga, other practices that teach how to relax. As you said, you've been working a long time for such a young man; time to learn how to relax, young man! Take good care; your body has sent you a message so listen and be healthy. Best wishes ~

    December 12, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

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