Randy Travis has NOT undergone open heart surgery, contrary to some Internet reports.
The country legend’s rep tells RumorFix, “Randy has not undergone heart surgery. He 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.”
According to the device’s manufacturer, the IMPELLA pump “is a minimally invasive, catheter- based cardiac assist device designed to directly unload the left ventricle, reduce myocardial workload and oxygen consumption while increasing cardiac output, coronary and end-organ perfusion.”
The 54-year-old Grammy winning singer remains in critical condition. Through his rep he relayed the message “we are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time.”
Cards and well wishes from fans can be sent to:
226 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271