A news release from the his publicist says the 54-year-old Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and was in critical condition Monday evening. Randy Travis was being treated for viral cardiomyopathy (kahr-dee-oh-my-OP-uh-thee), a heart condition caused by a virus.
Viral cardiomyopathy is a disorder where a virus attacks the muscles of the heart, causing the heart to beat slower. In some cases, the heart can stop.
The Mayo Clinic website says 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. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.
Randy Travis has won seven Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music Award statuettes. His best-known songs also include "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Diggin' Up Bones" and "Deeper Than the Holler."
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