Scott Baio’s wife, Renee Baio, revealed Saturday that she had been diagnosed with microvascular brain disease.
The former actress and stuntwoman told a fan on Twitter that she received the diagnosis four months ago.
“Besides having 2 meningioma brain tumors, in Oct 2017 I also learned I have Microvascular Brain Disease,” Baio said after the fan asked how she was doing “health-wise.”
Besides having 2 meningioma brain tumors, in Oct 2017 I also learned I have Microvascular Brain Disease. @Jerseyshore06
— Renee Baio (@MrsScottBaio) March 10, 2018
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) March 10, 2018
Scott Baio confirmed the news through his own Twitter account shorty after.
“Unfortunately, this is true,” he tweeted. “Renee is forever my rock, my life & my soulmate! Toughest person I know.”
In an interview with The Blast, Scott said that Renee was diagnosed with moderate to severe chronic microvascular disease.
“She was a former stuntwoman and had a massive brain injury in ’92 due to a jet ski accident. We don’t know if her tumors and this new disease has anything to do with this,” he said.
“All we know is she must live as stress-free, depression free and anxiety free life as possible and a get good amount of sleep each night,” he added. “This new disease can cause strokes and dementia.”
Microvascular brain disease, also known as chronic small vessel ischemic disease, is often correlated with chronic illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or high blood pressure. The condition can lead to tiny strokes, but some patients never experience symptoms.
In 2015, Renee was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor.