Randy Travis Suffers Stoke While Hospitalized.

Posted 10 Jul 2013 in Music + TV News

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Country Singer Randy Travis Hospitalized in Critical Condition

Country singer Randy Travis, 54 has been admitted to a Dallas, Texas hospital in critical condition, according to a public relations representative.

Travis was admitted Sunday for treatment of viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a viral infection that affects the heart tissue’s ability to pump blood.

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

“To say that Mr. Travis’ alcohol use exacerbated his problems would be pure speculation, but if someone told me alcohol played a role in his cardiac problems, I wouldn’t be surprised,” Oskoui said.

Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, surgery, implanted devices to correct arrhythmias, and a nonsurgical procedure, according to the  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

As one of country music’s top-selling artist, Travis owns seven Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music Award statuettes.

Travis is best known for the country hits Three Wooden Crosses, Forever and Ever, Amen, Diggin’ Up Bones, and “Deeper Than the Holler.

HERE’S AN UPDATE FROM JULY 9th…

UPDATE: Randy Travis’ publicist has released a statement clarifying the singer’s treatment. “Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery,” representative Kirt Webster said. “Travis was admitted into a Texas hospital on Sunday and underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals. The Grammy winner remains in critical condition.

HERE’S AN UPDATE FROM JULY 10th..

Country music star Randy Travis suffered a stroke while at a Texas hospital and was in surgery late Wednesday, the singer’s publicist said.

Publicist Kirt Webster said Wednesday night that the 54-year-old Travis suffered the stroke while he was being treated for congestive heart failure because of a viral illness.

Webster said Travis was undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition.

“His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support,” Webster said in a news release.

Earlier Wednesday, doctors said that Travis was showing signs of improvement but remained in critical condition with congestive heart failure because of a viral illness.

Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System in Texas described Travis’ condition and hospitalization in a video statement.

“His condition has stabilized, and he has shown signs of improvement,” Mack said in the video. “On behalf of Mr. Travis’ family, friends and associates, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for the overwhelming affection and support that Mr. Travis has received.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized, when he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection, Gray said.

The viral illness led to a weakened heart muscle that eventually worsened into heart failure.

Travis was admitted to Baylor Medical Center McKinney near his home in Tioga, about 60 miles north of Dallas, through the emergency room on Sunday. The singer underwent a procedure to have a pump inserted by catheter that helps increase blood flow before being transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

The North Carolina-born Travis is a traditional country purist who is a pivotal figure in the genre best known for his hits “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses.” His Warner Bros. debut album “Storms of Life” sold 3 million copies and helped return country music to its roots.

He recently made several public appearances, including a spot on the Country Music Association Festival’s nightly concert lineup and a poignant performance at George Jones’ funeral.

His peers and fans have been watching Travis’ progress closely.

“I always feel like he’s part of our family, he’s in our family,” Keith Urban said Wednesday morning. “And I was one of those guys in Australia that bought ‘Storms of Life’ and became a Randy fan very quickly in late ’80s, and I really feel for him right now.”

UPDATE

Mr. Travis is now out of surgery according to his publicist.

UPDATE:

Randy was released from the hospital in early August

 

Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. Julie (08 Jul 2013, 21:03)
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    Get well and please stop drinking you can do it I did and stopped smoking too. You are LOVED by so many!



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