Hailey Bieber reveals she ‘struggled with a little PTSD’ after suffering mini-stroke months ago


Hailey Bieber has spoken candidly about struggling with PTSD after suffering a mini-stroke last year.

The  26-year-old model – who was admitted to the hospital with stroke-like symptoms caused by a blood clot in her brain – detailed the scary experience in The Run-Through With Vogue podcast released Friday.

She said: ‘I struggled with a lot of anxiety after. I struggled with a little bit of PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] of just like the fear of maybe it was gonna happen again.

‘I struggled with a lot of anxiety after’: Hailey Bieber (pictured in November) has spoken candidly about struggling with PTSD after suffering a mini-stroke last year as she detailed the scary experience in The Run-Through With Vogue podcast released Friday

‘It was just a feeling that I was, like, I never want to experience that ever again. I mean, it was so terrifying, so jarring, so discombobulating in every single way that you could imagine.’

She added that even if she is ‘open to talking about the experience if it could help somebody else’ it was still ‘really hard to talk about’ shortly after the experience.

Hailey explained: ‘Even the Youtube video that I had made for my Youtube channel was hard for me. It brings back the feelings for me of going through that experience. It gets easier, and easier with time to be able to talk about it.

‘I’m just really grateful that I was able to have had amazing doctors, and nurses, and people that helped me get to the bottom of what actually happened.’

'I look back at it and it could've been so much worse': The 26-year-old model added that even if she is 'open to talking about the experience if it could help somebody else' it was still 'really hard to talk about' shortly after the experience, she is pictured in LA on Friday

‘I look back at it and it could’ve been so much worse’: The 26-year-old model added that even if she is ‘open to talking about the experience if it could help somebody else’ it was still ‘really hard to talk about’ shortly after the experience, she is pictured in LA on Friday

She went on to say that she has slowly begun to enjoy life again without the anxiety of what may happen health-wise in the future.

Hailey is optimistic as she said: ‘I look back at it and it could’ve been so much worse. So many worse things could have happened in that moment.’

Back in April, Hailey  revealed how she underwent a procedure to fix a hole in her heart after suffering a ‘mini-stroke’ the month previously, while she was having breakfast with her husband Justin.

In a video posted to her YouTube Channel at the time, the supermodel recalled feeling a ‘weird sensation’ in her right arm and numbness in her fingertips before she was admitted to hospital. 

Scary: Back in April, Hailey revealed how she underwent a procedure to fix a hole in her heart after suffering a 'mini-stroke' the month previously, while she was having breakfast with her husband Justin

Scary: Back in April, Hailey revealed how she underwent a procedure to fix a hole in her heart after suffering a ‘mini-stroke’ the month previously, while she was having breakfast with her husband Justin

After explaining to her fans that she wanted them to hear about terrifying incident in ‘own words,’ the Vogue cover girl said her spouse noticed that something was off and repeatedly asked if she was okay.  

When she tried to respond, Hailey revealed she ‘couldn’t speak’ but was thinking she must be ‘having a stroke.’ 

‘The right side of my face started drooping, I couldn’t get a sentence out,’ she said. 

Quickly, Justin had someone call 911 and a medic nearby came to examine her as she struggled to formulate words as he asked if he knew her name and other basic questions. 

Grateful: As she reflected on her diagnosis, Hailey said she was 'grateful' to know the cause and how the blood clot 'escaped' through the hole in heart to her brain. Upon her doctor's recommendation, she had to PFO closed and has since fully recovered

Scary: In a new video, posted to her YouTube Channel on Wednesday afternoon, the 25-year-old supermodel recalled feeling a ‘weird sensation’ in her right arm and numbness in her fingertips

Alarming: After explaining to her fans that she wanted them to hear about terrifying incident in 'own words,' the Vogue cover girl said her spouse noticed that something was off and repeatedly asked if she was okay

Alarming: After explaining to her fans that she wanted them to hear about terrifying incident in ‘own words,’ the Vogue cover girl said her spouse noticed that something was off and repeatedly asked if she was okay

She also noted that her anxiety made ‘everything worse’ but by the time she made it to the emergency room she ‘was pretty much back to normal.’

Ultimately, she was kept overnight at the hospital to be tested for the cause of her blood clot in her brain.   

Thankfully, she scored a 0 on the stroke checklist in the ER and her scary symptoms stopped. 

'Perfect storm': Hailey, who has a history of migraines, says she was told by doctors that the combination of her new birth control, a recent battle with COVID and traveling 'from Paris and back in a really short amount of time' likely caused the blood clot

‘Perfect storm’: Hailey, who has a history of migraines, says she was told by doctors that the combination of her new birth control, a recent battle with COVID and traveling ‘from Paris and back in a really short amount of time’ likely caused the blood clot

The hospital confirmed that she suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), more commonly referred to as a mini-stroke

The hospital confirmed that she suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), more commonly referred to as a mini-stroke

The hospital confirmed that she suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), more commonly referred to as a mini-stroke. 

Hailey, who has a history of migraines, says she was told by doctors that the combination of her new birth control, a recent battle with COVID and traveling ‘from Paris and back in a really short amount of time’ likely caused the blood clot. 

While medical professionals were unable to determine how the blood clot had traveled to her brain, they believe that she had a small opening, known as a PFO, in the heart that usually closes after birth.

Her rock: It was reported last month that Justin would not leave Hailey's side during her traumatic ordeal

Her rock: It was reported last month that Justin would not leave Hailey’s side during her traumatic ordeal 

Her PFO, which measured between 12 and 13 millimeters, was ‘Grade 5’ which is the ‘highest grade’ possible. The small hole measured between 12 and 13 millimeters.

As she reflected on her diagnosis, Hailey said she was ‘grateful’ to know the cause and how the blood clot ‘escaped’ through the hole in heart to her brain. 

Upon her doctor’s recommendation, she had to PFO closed and has since fully recovered.

Distraught: Sources told People Justin 'is probably more traumatized than even she is'

Distraught: Sources told People Justin ‘is probably more traumatized than even she is’ 

 Ahead of the repair, she suffered a lot of anxiety, which has mostly passed.

‘The biggest thing I feel is I just feel really relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to get it closed, that I will be able to move on from this really scary situation and just live my life,’ she said.

Out of an abundance of caution, she takes aspirin and blood thinners every day.

She also explained her desire to wait until ‘everything had gone smoothly’ to talk publicly about her health scare.  

'When it happened, there was a lot of panic. Justin was crying, because you don't expect your young wife to have symptoms that resemble a stroke. Justin texted everyone he knew and asked everyone to pray for her, and he never left her side,' the insider said; seen in February 2020

‘When it happened, there was a lot of panic. Justin was crying, because you don’t expect your young wife to have symptoms that resemble a stroke. Justin texted everyone he knew and asked everyone to pray for her, and he never left her side,’ the insider said; seen in February 2020

It was reported last month that Justin would not leave Hailey’s side during her traumatic ordeal.

Sources told People Justin ‘is probably more traumatized than even she is.’

‘When it happened, there was a lot of panic. Justin was crying, because you don’t expect your young wife to have symptoms that resemble a stroke. Justin texted everyone he knew and asked everyone to pray for her, and he never left her side,’ the insider said.

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