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Tuesday
Jul162013

Randy Travis Stabilized, ‘Awake and Alert’

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Randy Travis, who was hospitalized for cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure earlier this month and suffered a stroke shortly thereafter, is on the mend, his doctors told ABC News in a statement.

The country star, 54, is still in critical condition.

“As a result of his heart condition, acutely, and the stroke, he was put on a ventilator to help him breathe during his hospitalization. He remains on that, but we are decreasing that support daily,” Dr. Gary Erwin said. “He is breathing spontaneously with the help of the ventilator and hope to have him weaned off of that very soon breathing completely on his own.”

Erwin added that Travis responded well to the surgical procedure he had to relieve the pressure in his brain caused by his stroke. “He is awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy,” he said.

Dr. Michael Mack, a cardiac surgeon and the medical director of cardiovascular disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, where Travis was treated, added that Travis’s condition is not likely the cause of hard living. (Last year, Travis was arrested for driving while intoxicated.)

“We performed a biopsy of his heart muscle and it shows scar tissue. It does not show active infection,” he said. “From the appearance on echocardiograms, which are images of his heart, this is not the appearance of either drugs or alcohol causing the heart condition. Mr. Travis does have a family history of cardiomyopathy and it is more likely related to that.”

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