Hailey Bieber reveals she struggled with ‘a bit of PTSD’ after minor stroke: ‘Scariest thing I’ve ever been through’

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Hailey Bieber has opened up about the anxiety and trauma she suffered after suffering a minor stroke last year.

The model and founder of Rhode Beauty, 26, experienced a transient ischemic attackoften called a mini-stroke. In a YouTube videoBieber explained that the episode was caused by a blood clot that traveled to her brain.

“I was very worried after that,” she recently told Vogue’s Running through with Vogue podcast.

“I was struggling with a little bit of PTSD, just, like, the fear that it might happen again.”

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Bieber called the mini-stroke “the scariest thing” she’s ever experienced. (Instagram / @haileybieber)

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“It was just a feeling that I was, like, ‘I wouldn’t want to experience that again’. It was so scary, so terrifying, so uncertain in every way you could imagine. “

At the time, Bieber explained in her YouTube video that doctors had found a hole in her heart, which allowed the blood to go from her heart to her brain and cause the stroke.

Afterwards, Bieber underwent a procedure that placed a permanent device in her heart to close the hole.

In the podcast interview, Bieber called the stroke “the most debilitating thing I’ve ever been through” but said time has helped her process it.

Justin and Hailey Bieber.
Bieber revealed last year that she experienced the small stroke while sitting at the breakfast table with her husband, Justin Bieber. (Instagram)

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“The biggest reset for me was digesting and knowing, ‘yes, this is something that happened to me, yes, it was really scary, yes, it was a freak situation.’ there but you are fine now, and we arrived. at the bottom and you have a healthy body, you are a healthy 26-year-old woman,” she explained.

“I spent so much of my brain time thinking about this situation, where I’m at the point where I’m like, ‘I’d like to keep letting go and just living my life. spend and enjoy it because I felt so scared about it. it for the last year, almost a year.”

Bieber also noted that she felt “very grateful” for having access to “amazing doctors and nurses who helped me heal and get to the bottom of what happened.”

She said she struggles with anxiety “about a lot of different things”, so the experience of the stroke took a toll on her mentally.

Hailey Bieber
Bieber says she feels more ‘complete’ now that the scar from her procedure has healed and the hole in her heart has closed. (Instagram)

“Experiencing something that I had no control over in my body was very scary and overwhelming,” she said. “I also didn’t want it to turn me into the type of person that fear all the time that something bad would happen because I struggle with that anxiety already,” she said.

At the time of the encounter, sources claimed that Hailey’s husband, Justin Bieber, 28, was also “devastated” by the experience, as they were together when it happened.

The couple were reportedly sitting at the breakfast table together when she started experiencing stroke-like symptoms, which included trouble with her speech and numbness in her fingers.

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