Home Celebrity Update: Randy Travis Gets Non Invasive Heart Pump, Not Surgery So Far

Randy Travis’s publicist says the following:
Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery.  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.

From the web: 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.

“We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time,” says Randy Travis.

Cards and well wishes can be sent to:
Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271

Randy Travis is best known for “I Told You So,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” and “Deeper Than the Holler”.

 

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