Knoxville doctor analyzes singer Randy Travis' condition

Knoxville doctor analyzes singer Randy Travis' condition

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PLANO, TEXAS (WATE) - Country singer Randy Travis underwent surgery Wednesday from surgery to relive pressure on his brain.

According to his publicist, the 54-year-old suffered a stroke during treatment for congestive heart failure brought on by another heart condition affecting the heart muscle.

Doctors believe Travis' condition began with a virus.

"Typically, these are respiratory illnesses or GI illnesses that create an immune response in the body that cause the body's own immune system to attack the heart," said Dr. Bret Rogers of UT Medical Center.

Rogers had no role in Randy Travis' care, but says about a third of patients get back to normal heart function over time with good medical care.

"It's too soon to tell if he'd need a transplant or long term LVAD or artificial heart device," said Rogers.

The risk of dying from something like this, Rogers explains, is roughly 10 to 12 percent of patients. However, a third of patients do get better.

"A lot of it depends on how he responds to the medication, things they're going to be giving him with appropriate medical therapy, and cardiac rehab," said Rogers. "[With] other sorts of interventions, it's certainly possible he could get back to a completely normal life."

Travis' family and friends are requesting prayers for a full recovery.

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