Viral Cardiomyopathy: Randy Travis In Critical Condition, Heart Surgery Performed [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on July 9, 2013 12:25 PM EDT

Randy Travis
Randy Travis is in critical condition. Travis received heart surgery for a viral cardiomyopathy (Photo: Creative Commons)

Randy Travis was rushed to a Texas hospital on Sunday due to a serious heart condition. According to the Grammy winning singer's spokesperson, Kirt Webster, Travis is in critical condition and is suffering a viral heart infection.

"Country singer Randy Travis has been admitted to a Texas hospital and is listed in critical condition," Webster stated in a written statement. "The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. Travis was admitted into the medical facility yesterday."

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According to Webster, Randy Travis has been on the road and performed in Detroit on June 28, then Chicago on June 29. Travis also conducted business meetings on Friday and Saturday without any indication of health related issues. "Then on Sunday, it hit him," described Webster. Randy Travis was expected to perform at Deadwood, South Dakota, on Wednesday.

Randy Travis is suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, an aggressive viral attack that strikes the muscles of the heart. The virus causes the heart to beat slower, and in some cases, causes the heart to stop.

"Viral cardiomyopathy can be caused by 30-plus different viruses, but it's almost impossible to pinpoint which virus it is," said cardiologist and internal medicine specialist Dr. Ramin Oskoui of Washington. "Hospitals use viral cardiomyopathy as a 'catch all' diagnosis."

According to Daily News, treatments against viral cardiomyopathy range from medication, surgically implanted deviced, to heart transplants.

Randy Travis received heart surgery on Monday, confirmed Travis' sister-in-law to People.

"We have been told he has had surgery," said Teresa Traywick. "Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family." 

Randy Travis has had a difficult relationship with alcohol for many years. Last year, Randy Travis was found naked and intoxicated after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am. He was arrested and sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2,000 and given a 180-day suspended jail sentence. Travis was also ordered to an alcohol treatment facility for 30 days and to perform 100 hours of community service.

The talented country singer has won multiple Grammys for his sensational songs, including "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Diggin' Up Bones," "Deeper Than the Holler"  and "Three Wooden Crosses."

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