By Sandra Birungi
Country singer Randy Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy which requires a different procedure, not a heart surgery as earlier on suggested.
A family member revealed that Travis had gone for a heart surgery, reports which have been disapproved.According to Travis’ publicist, he did not have heart surgery, but rather is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy.
A doctor who practices cardiology, Dr. Stephen Dyda said “cardiomyopathy” is a condition that impacts heart muscle cells, resulting in cell death and weakening of the heart. “Viral cardiomyopathy is one of the more common causes of a weakening of the heart muscle, which is sometimes, but not always, associated with symptoms of congestive heart failure. This is usually an untoward consequence of a common upper respiratory tract virus,” he said.
Referring to viral cardiomyopathy, Dr. Dyda said, “Rarely, a more serious virus can cause a viral cardiomyopathy, and this can cause patients to become abruptly ill, decompensate rapidly, and occasionally die before seeking medical attention.”
Travis’s publicist in a statement said Travis “underwent placement of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals.”
Travis’s sister-in-law stated on Tuesday that heart problems run in the family, with Travis’s mom actually dying at a young age as a result although Dr. Dyda said this might not be the cause for his condition. “Genetics do play a role in the development of a cardiomyopathy, but typically not in instances of a viral cardiomyopathy, which is typically acquired,” he explains.
What however would have escalated the condition is alcohol and drug abuse. “Significant and routine alcohol consumption serves as a poison to heart muscle cells, which leads to heart muscle cell death, weakening of the heart muscle, and occasionally symptoms of congestive heart failure,” he says.