Doctors say Randy Travis in congestive heart failure

Doctors say Randy Travis in congestive heart failure

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by CHRIS TALBOTT / AP Music Writer

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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 12:51 PM

PLANO, Texas -- Doctors say country music star Randy Travis was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized and is now in congestive heart failure because of a viral respiratory illness he contracted.

The information came in a video statement from Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano on Wednesday.

The singer underwent a procedure to increase blood flow after being admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday with viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus.

The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer, best known for hits “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses,” became ill after a virus infected his heart muscle, causing it to become weakened and enlarged so that it could not pump properly. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.

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