BALLISTIC Guitarist Suffers 'Mini-Stroke', Undergoes Surgery

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Well, I had a mini-stroke about 3 weeks ago (T.I.A.); Turns out its tied to a hole between the left and right atria of the heart (medical term 'Patent Foraman Ovale') and it shunts unprocessed blood away from the lungs and directly to the brain via the Carotid Artery, hence allowing clots to proceed unimpeded to the brain (it has also been tied to major migraine headaches). Well, I have had an operation to close the hole and am doing well so far. I should be ready to start playing again soon. By the way, this is a fairly recent development (the relation of a PFO to strokes), and 25% of the general population is walking around with this defect and doesn't know it (this absolutely DOES NOT mean 25% will suffer a stroke!!). So if you have stroke symptoms, this is something you may want to bring up to your healthcare provider. Thanks for all the best wishes from everyone!"

BALLISTIC, who recently announced the addition of singer Tony Taylor (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, ISEN TORR, OCTOBER 31) to the group's ranks, are working on the material for their second album, tentatively due next year.

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