Randy Travis Hospitalized With Viral Cardiomyopathy, In Critical Condition: Is the Star Dying Of Heart Disease? [VIDEO & REPORT]

By iDesign Times Reporter July 8, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
Why was Randy Travis hospitalized? Is he dying? Can he recover from viral cardiomyopathy? (Photo: Twitter)
Why was Randy Travis hospitalized? Is he dying? Can he recover from viral cardiomyopathy? (Photo: Twitter)

Randy Travis was hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy on Sunday evening and is said to be in critical condition. This has caused many around the web to wonder, is Randy Travis dying? What is viral cardiomyopathy and how did Randy Travis get it?

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What Is Viral Cardiomyopathy?

The viral heart disease which caused Randy Travis to be hospitalized is one that weakens the heart considerably, and it can lead to complete heart failure. Some common symptoms of viral cardiomyopathy include breathlessness, swelling of the legs, irregular heart beat and, in some cases, sudden cardiac death.

Though little is known about why Randy Travis was hospitalized in Texas, Sunday evening, we do know the country singer is in critical condition due to complications with viral cardiomyopathy and could possibly be dying.

So how then, did Randy Travis get this viral heart disease? Though the problem could have arisen due to a poor supply of oxygen going to the heart known as Ischemia, it is more likely related to Randy Travis' struggle with alcoholism, which can serve as a cause for some forms of dilated cardiomyopathy.

How Is Randy Travis Doing? Is Alcoholism To Blame For His Heart Problems?

Randy Travis, who was hospitalized in Dallas Texas Sunday night, and is now reported to be in critical condition, has struggled with the issue of alcoholism for some time, having recently pleaded guilty to intoxicated driving back in January of 2013. Randy Travis was arrested in August the year before when he was found naked in his crashed vehicle.

Upon being arrested, Randy Travis' blood alcohol level was .21 percent — more than twice the legal limit. Travis plead guilty to the charges and was ordered to report to an in-patient alcohol treatment facility for at least 30 days. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, and complete 100 hours of community service during his 2-year probation. His vehicle was required to have a lock placed on the ignition so he cannot drive drunk.

Randy Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January 2013 and received a 2 year probation provided he enter rehab. (Photo: Reuters)
Randy Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January 2013 and received a 2 year probation provided he enter rehab. (Photo: Reuters)

According to Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown, during the time of the incident, Travis threatened the officers arresting him, which led to a harsher sentence. In a prepared statement, the D.A. had this to say:

 "We feel it is appropriate in these circumstances ... His punishment is considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case. First time DWI defendants are rarely forced into in-patient treatment. He will be unable to leave the facility for 30 days. His fine and community service requirements are more than double what is usually received, and his probation term is the maximum available, and longer than the usual 18 months. All of that is appropriate in light of his behavior with the officers. I spoke at length with the officers involved, and they were in agreement with the outcome. We are all hopeful that Mr. Travis is on the road to recovery."

 

Randy Travis Fans on Twitter Tweet Reactions To The Star Being Hospitalized

Despite his somewhat troubled past, Randy Travis is still a favorite among many long time country music fans, who have expressed great sympathy toward the hospitalized singer and his family. Here are a few of the sentiments being posted on Twitter:

At this time no further information is available about Randy Travis being hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy, how he is doing or if his condition still remains critical, but as more is learned we will be sure to update you. 

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At this time no further information is available about Randy Travis being hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy, how he is doing or if his condition still remains critical, but as more is learned we will be sure to update you.

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