Viral Cardiomyopathy: Randy Travis 'Critical' After Heart Surgery

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Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 11:50 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Randy Travis was in critical condition at a Texas hospital near Dallas after the Grammy-winning country singer underwent open heart surgery for viral cardiomyopathy.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a heart condition caused by a virus. The disease weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body, potentially leading to heart failure, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

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The country music legend, 54, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, according to the Dallas Morning News, and doctors performed open heart surgery on Travis Monday.

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

"Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps," Traywick added.

Travis is a seven-time Grammy winner and has sold more than 20 million records.

Travis' Wednesday show at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, S.D. has been cancelled. He had concerts scheduled through October.

Travis recently performed at the Country Music Association Festival and at country singer George Jones' funeral, according to the Associated Press.

In January, he had pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated following his arrest last year when he was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am.

The singer was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2,000 and had his license suspended for 180 days. He was ordered to spend at least 30 days at an alcohol treatment facility and to complete 100 hours of community service.

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