UPDATE: Randy Travis Undergoes Cardiac Procedure
Singer has a family history of heart ailments.
UPDATE [July 9, 2:30 p.m. CT]:
Representatives for Randy Travis have confirmed that the country star has not actually had heart surgery, but instead a procedure that placed an Impella peripheral left ventrical assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals.
The device is actually inserted through a catheter and does not require open-heart surgery. Randy remains in critical condition.
“We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time,” Randy said in a statement from his publicist.
You can send well-wishes to Randy at:
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, TX 76271
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Randy Travis has undergone heart surgery following complications that developed from viral cardiomyopathy, according to USA Today.
The singer’s sister-in-law, Teresa Traywick, told the paper, “We have been told he has had surgery. Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family,” she said. “Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps. My prayers are with them. That’s all I can say right now.”
Yesterday the news broke everywhere that Randy, who is 54 years old, had been admitted to a Texas hospital in critical condition, but no further details had been released.
According to celebrity news site tmz.com, Randy was touring and thought he had come down with a cold, which turned out to be pneumonia. His health deteriorated to the point that he was airlifted to the hospital.
The Mayo Clinic’s website defines cardiomyopathy as a condition that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle. While the condition can indeed be fatal, it is also treatable.
The staff at Country Weekly, along with numerous country artists, extend their well-wishes to Randy and his family.
Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis -KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) July 9, 2013
Thinking about my friend, @randytravis, tonight. Hope he gets better soon...— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) July 9, 2013