Randy Travis and Cardiomyopathy

You may have heard that country music singer Randy Travis has been diagnosed with a serious heart problem. The doctors say he is suffering from complications from viral cardiomyopathy. Travis is 54 years old.

Causes of Cardiomyopathy

According to the American Heart Association some people who have cardiomyopathy have no signs or symptoms and need no treatment. For other people, the disease develops quickly, symptoms are severe and serious complications occur.

The Mayo Clinic lists possible causes of cardiomyopathy as:

Long-term high blood pressure
Heart valve problems
Heart tissue damage from a previous heart attack
Chronic rapid heart rate
Metabolic disorders, such as thyroid disease or diabetes
Nutritional deficiencies of essential vitamins or minerals, such as thiamin (vitamin B-1), selenium, calcium and magnesium
Excessive use of alcohol over many years
Abuse of cocaine or antidepressant medications, such as tricyclic antidepressants
Use of some chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer
Certain viral infections, which may injure the heart and trigger cardiomyopathy
Iron buildup in your heart muscle (hemochromatosis)

Genetic conditions

Some of the signs and symptoms of the disease may include shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially with physical exertion; fatigue, and swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen and veins in the neck.

The Texas Heart Institute says that about 500,000 Americans have cardiomyopathy and that it is a leading cause of heart failure and the most common reason for needing a heart transplant.

Some of Travis’s most popular songs are On the Other Hand, Three Wooden Crosses and my favorite, Forever and Ever, Amen

Here he is singing it….enjoy, and here’s hoping Randy continues to get better.


  1. I’ve always loved his music. He has a beautiful voice. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery.

  2. Lovely song Teresa! I am sorry to read that this singer is very ill. I pray that he will recover. Thanks for sharing the information about this disease. Thanks also for hosting. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  3. I hadn’t heard, that’s awful. I hope he’s on the road to recovery soon. Visiting today from Thumping Thursdays.

  4. teresak 12 Jul, 2013

    Thanks for visiting us, Rosey!

  5. teresak 12 Jul, 2013

    You too, Judy!

  6. teresak 12 Jul, 2013

    I love his voice too! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. My mother had VCM about twenty years ago and survived, but spent a month in the hospital and then many months at home recovering. Very scary experience as they did not expect her to live. Thanks for sharing this info on this disease. Yes, he has such a great voice and hope he recovers and can continue to perform!!

  8. teresak 13 Jul, 2013

    Hi Nancy! Good to hear from you. Thanks for commenting and do come back!