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Borgess heart doctor offers explanation on Randy Travis' heart ailment

Singer Randy Travis arrives at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in this April 18, 2010 file photo. REUTE
Singer Randy Travis arrives at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in this April 18, 2010 file photo. REUTE

KALAMAZOO, MI (WTVB) -  Country Singer Randy Travis is improving but remains in critical condition with an infected heart, that could someday be the subject of a country sSong...if he survives. It's called viral cardio-myopathy, and Kalamazoo's Borgess Heart Institute Doctor Vishal Gupta says it's pretty rare, although he does see it a few times each year. The infection weakens the heart.

Doctor Gupta says anyone can get the virus, and he's not sure the hardlifestyle of Travis was a factor in him becoming infected. Doctor Gupta says one treatment may be to install a heart pump and hope the heart heals on its own.  Failing that, a transplant could be necessary.

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