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Randy Travis

Fitted with 'World's Smallest Heart Pump'

7/9/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Randy Travis has been outfitted with a device that's considered the "world's smallest heart pump" ... TMZ has learned.

Travis' publicist, Kirt Webster, tells TMZ ... the singer did NOT undergo heart surgery, contrary to reports, but did have an Impella peripheral left ventrical assist device placed in his heart for "stabilization while transferring hospitals."

According to the company that makes the Impella device, the pump is commonly inserted through a "standard catheterization procedure" -- in which the doctor inserts a catheter into an artery in either the arm, groin or neck and send it all the way to the heart.

We're told the device is considered the world's smallest heart pump -- the same size as a coffee stirrer and smaller in diameter than a pencil.

FYI -- according to the Mayo Clinic, a ventricular assist device (VAD) is "an implantable mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the lower chambers of your heart (the ventricles) to the rest of your body."

Travis' rep insists the procedure is minimally invasive -- and therefore NOT considered heart surgery.

Travis has also issued a statement ... saying, "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."

We're told cards and well wishes can be sent to:
Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271


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16.

hitman_4hire    


Randy, we enjoy your music so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and wishing you a speedy recovery.

469 days ago
17.

Brien    

We're told cards and checks can be sent to:
Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271

469 days ago
18.

iwoks    

To those who are saying this isn't "surgery", please know that it may not be considered "surgery" to you, but the patient is taken into the operating room to put it in. This is a very serious procedure. The left ventricle is the heart's main pumping chamber. So when the left ventricle fails, it is considered heart failure. How serious it is depends on the amount of damage done before he arrived at hospital. He is also dealing with viral cardiomyopathy, which is rare & very serious. There can be so many complications from both problems. It could lead to kidney or liver failure, heart attack, stroke & possibly death. To have to use the heart pump tells me that he is dealing with some serious problems with his heart. As for the chances of recovery, a lot depends on how much damage has already been done to his heart.. This device is not used routinely & is used when the heart failure is severe & they are often used until a heart transplant can become available. I wish him all the best & hope he recovers. Also thinking of his family who I'm sure are extremely worried about him. My husband had a 7 way bypass that failed, so I know how nerve wracking it is waiting for news & hoping for improvement. No matter what you think of Randy Travis, he doesn't deserve the nasty remarks being made. I'm sure his family can use all the prayers you can send right now.

469 days ago
19.

Barbara    

His condition sounds like a sequele to his chronic alcoholism. This ruins all your organs over a period of time. Too bad.

469 days ago
20.

supermom    

Typically VADs are implanted either as a bridge so to speak before a heart transplant; to rest the heart w/ expected removal of the VAD eventually; or as an end stage/last ditch effort where a terminal outcome is expected eventually when the patient isn't a transplant candidate.

469 days ago
21.

tehheh    

The usage makes it sound like Randy Travis requires the smallest heart pump in the world because he is a bad person.

469 days ago
22.

pattycake    

lay off the blow..thats what blew out his heart

469 days ago
23.

Lilly    

Hurry and get well Randy. My prayers goes out to you.

469 days ago
24.

She's baaaack    

The perfect accessory for me playing the smallest violin in the world in sympathy.

469 days ago
25.

jim healy    

I had the pleasure of working a show wih him. He is a real genleman,and i hope he get's well in more way's than one.

469 days ago
26.

Moyra    

that is still heart surgery.

469 days ago
27.

Stan Baque    

Because only 12 out of every 100 people in America are black. Us "Old Ass White Men" out number you ASS HAT!

469 days ago
28.

Stan Baque    

Because only 12 out of every 100 people in America are black. Us "Old Ass White Men" out number you ASS HAT!

469 days ago
29.

Sandy    

jeeezzz, last night's article had poor Randy with one foot in the grave. Need to get the WHOLE story before you go and broadcast it to the world!

469 days ago
30.

R. Hall    

No amount of surgical intervention or non-surgical intervention will help this man unless he helps himself. An addict makes a decision to use. Randy Travis is no different than any other addict. He is his own worst enemy. He is not a victim. He made a choice.

469 days ago
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