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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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31.

LulusMom    

All best, Randy . . . your millinos of fans are holding their breath for you.

448 days ago
32.

roby    

let those who without sin cast the first rock

448 days ago
33.

Roe Craig    

Since Randy Travis first came upon the scene I have enjoyed his singing and acting. I pray for a quick and complete recovery.

448 days ago
34.

ed baggett    

Randy should have no problem with thin blood ....he has a massive alcohol intake.

448 days ago
35.

Arlene    

Randy Travis was always a favorite of mine. I was upset when he started having problems with his drinking. But he was on the way back. I hope this instrument will help him get his health back and in good shape. Get well soon Randy!

448 days ago
36.

Jo    

Randy~ No matter what any one says to the contrary you are a good man. Love your movies and music!
My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery! God keep you in his care.

448 days ago
37.

Holly    

The good news about those assist devices is that they can be used temporarily while the heart heals. In fact, it's an encouraging sign that Randy will make it through this ordeal. Some people need the assist devices for several months to a year, and then they can have them removed. I wish him the best. This is a difficult diagnosis, but medicine has come a LONG WAY in treating heart failure.

448 days ago
38.

@rolliwrites    

At least it wasn't the World's Smallest Penis Pump.

448 days ago
39.

myopinion    

Get well soon Randy!

448 days ago
40.

TNRN    

1. It is not implanted during surgery or in the OR. It is placed in a heart catherization lab.
2. It is not surgery, the patient is not intbuated with a ventilator breathing for him nor is he completely unconscious. Patient is actually awake but sedated throughout the procedure.
3. While it is a type of VAD, it is not implated. It is goes through a sheath, much like sheaths used in heart catherizations, only a larger diameter. Impellas are not left in more than a few days due to side effects. They are not a bridge to a heart transplant. They allow the heart to rest while recovering.
4. This device is used quite often in larger hospitals with cardiac centers. In the hospital I work at, we have patients with these devices several times a month.

448 days ago
41.

en Todo Momento!!    

may as well just call him 'already dead'... what's the point. he is right? already that close, so pretty much dead. randy the dead guy. sound legit to me.

448 days ago
42.

Patriciann    

Get well Randy -- take good care!!!

((hugs))

448 days ago
43.

blddwarrior    

Randy is a beautiful man. I am a fan from way back. You who have only bad things to say - shame on you for disrespecting him. What do you say about your friends behind their backs if you say this crap about a stranger?

448 days ago
44.

goofball89    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leMQIQAkZ0I Watch this $hit.. Its hilarious

448 days ago
45.

Lorie    

God Bless you Randy,you have written so many beautiful songs so please get well and do some more I pray the Angels are watching over you God is good and is also sending them each day to hlep pull you through Be well again come back to us ..Lorie

448 days ago
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