Randy Travis Suffers Stroke

Latest Illness Triggered by Congestive Heart Failure

Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and was undergoing surgery Wednesday night (July 10) at a Dallas-area hospital to relieve pressure on his brain. The singer’s publicist said the stroke was a complication of congestive heart failure.

He remains in critical condition, although his doctors said earlier Wednesday his condition had stabilized and that he was showing signs of improvement.

Travis sought emergency treatment Sunday at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas.

Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at the hospital, said Travis was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. His condition was stabilized at Baylor McKinney before he was transferred to the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas, for more specialized care.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a disease of heart muscle in which the heart is abnormally enlarged, weakening the heart’s ability to pump blood.

Gray said the singer “had been in previously excellent health until three weeks prior when he developed a viral upper respiratory illness.”

In a video announcement made Wednesday morning, Dr. Michael Mack, director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, noted, “Since [Travis’] transfer, his condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement.”

Travis’ No. 1 hits include “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “Deeper Than the Holler” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”