Travis spokesman Kirt Webstersaid that Travis appeared well last Friday and Saturday while attending business meetings but became ill on Sunday and was taken to the hospital.
Travis is one of country music’s top-selling artists, having won 7 Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music Award statuettes.
In 2012, Travis was arrested for assault and intoxication. He received probation for the offense.
Most patients with cardiomyopathy have heart failure.
One cause of cardiomyopathy is myocarditis, an uncommon disorder that can be caused by viral, bacterial, or fungal infections that reach the heart.
Infectious viral causes include:
When you have an infection, your immune system produces special cells that release chemicals to fight off disease. If the infection affects your heart, the disease-fighting cells enter the heart. However, the chemicals produced by an immune response can damage the heart muscle. As a result, the heart can become thick, swollen, and weak. This leads to symptoms of heart failure.
There may be no symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to the flu. If symptoms occur, they may include:
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:
Treatment is aimed at the cause of the problem, and may involve:
If the heart muscle is very weak, your health care provider will prescribe medicines to treat heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythms may require the use of additional medications, a pacemaker, or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.
Possible complications of myocarditis include cardiomyopathy (see above), heart failure and pericariditis ( an inflammation or infection of the sac around the heart).
This morning we are being told that Travis underwent heart surgery last night.
Teresa Traywick, wife of Randy’s brother Ricky Traywick, told the People magazine: “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.”
Randy Travis “underwent placement of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals. Travis remains in critical condition.” This according to his rep to People magazine this afternoon.
According to the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovasclar Center:
The Impella device functions similarly to a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a mechanical pump-type device that is surgically implanted in the left ventricle of the heart. (The LVAD helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can’t effectively work on its own, for example, in cases of heart failure.)
The Impella device is a tiny pump that is inserted with a catheter through the groin rather than being surgically implanted. It can be used temporarily to help patients tolerate procedures such as angioplasty by relieving the heart’s pumping function and providing the time needed to perform life-saving procedures.