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Frankie Muniz, the former child star of Malcolm in the Middle, is 27 today, but he's already had a serious health scare uncommon for a young man. He suffered a mini-stroke on Friday Nov. 30 that landed him in the hospital.
Although Muniz is out of the hospital recuperating, the actor told his Twitter followers the experience was "not fun at all."
"Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!" he continued.
Muniz provided no more details about his hospitalization or treatment, but a "mini-stroke" isn't something to be taken lightly. According to the Mayo Clinic, the term is commonly used to describe "a transient ischemic attack (TIA) -- a temporary interruption of blood flow to part of the brain. The symptoms of a TIA are similar to those of a stroke, but a TIA doesn't destroy brain cells or cause permanent disability."
The worst part of a "mini-stroke" is that it could indicate the possibility of a full stroke in the future, and there's nothing a patient can do about it, Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Jerry W. Swanson explains on his site: "TIAs may recur and each TIA increases the risk of a subsequent stroke."
After being one of primetime's highest-paid young actors from 2000 to 2006, Muniz has basically moved away from acting to focus on racecar driving and music (he's the drummer for the band Kingsfoil).
Howver, he did recently make a cameo on ABC's sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.