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Explaining the condition that has affected singer Randy Travis

Medical experts today also being asked a lot of questions about Randy Travis's condition and potentially what may have led to some of the complications.

Local 12 Medical Reporter Liz Bonis got some answers to these questions today from experts at the TriHealth Heart Institute.

She has more in today's Medical Edge. Singer Randy Travis is just 54 years old and was reportedly initially in the hospital being treated for what is called viral cardiomyopathy. Doctor Gaurang Gandhi is a cardiologist who specializes in treating heart conditions like this, which can lead to heart failure.

"So, there are some kinds of viruses that when we get an upper respiratory tract infection, that can hit our heart, too, because of the auto immune phenomenon, and what it does is it weakens the whole heart muscle."

That muscle is influenced by many things. Travis is said to have a family history of heart problems. There are also reports of struggles with heavy drinking. So, we have definitely heard about a history of alcohol abuse, how does that play a role in this?

"Alcohol is a big toxin for heart, if you have a normal heart and you drink a lot of alcohol you can just have alcoholic cardiomyopathy which is just because of alcohol. There is no other reason."

Travis is also reportedly recovering from surgery today, relieve pressure on the brain after he suffered a stroke.

"Any situation which can lead to stagnation of blood in the heart can lead to a stroke eventually."

"We are certainly hoping for his recovery, but this is also what's commonly called a teachable moment."

So, what do you think it's important we all know about this?"

"Number one, taking care of yourself, number two, taking care of your environment. So, how do we do those things? If we exercise regularly, eat the right foods, avoid toxins, such as alcohol use, those things can prevent having an event."

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