The statement also contradicts earlier, widely circulated reports that Travis had undergone heart surgery. The earlier information was attributed to Randy’s sister-in-law Teresa Traywick (Travis’s birth name is Randy Traywick).
“Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery,” reads the latest press statement from Webster & Associates, where Travis is a client. “Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy. 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.”
As we reported earlier, Travis is suffering from “complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.”
According to Dr. David Hnida, medical editor at CBS4 in Denver, cardiomyopathy is “a condition where something, usually a virus, attacks the heart muscle, weakening it and causing it to malfunction. It’s different from a heart attack, where a blood vessel supplying blood to the muscle gets blocked, causing a section of heart muscle to die…. Think of it as your heart being attacked directly by the flu.”
Because it’s a virus, Hnida continues, generally speaking “there is little treatment except supportive measures” and “antibiotics do not help.”