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Randy Travis in 'Critical Condition' After Heart Procedure

07/09/2013 at 04:00 PM EDT

Randy Travis in 'Critical Condition' After Heart Procedure
Randy Travis
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Randy Travis, who has been hospitalized since Sunday, did not get heart surgery. But he did get a serious medical procedure affecting his heart.

The country singer "underwent placement of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals," his rep confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement Tuesday. "Travis remains in critical condition."

There was also a message for the singer's fans: "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."

The Impella device is inserted via a catheter, so it's not technically surgery, but it's still serious.



On Monday, Travis's sister-in-law, Teresa Traywick, told PEOPLE he went under the knife.

"We have been told he has had surgery," Traywick, the wife of Randy's brother Ricky Traywick, said at the time. "Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family."

She added that Randy and Ricky's mother "passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps."



Travis, 54, is "suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy," a rep for the Grammy winner has said. Viral cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscles due to infection.

He was scheduled to play the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, S.D., on Wednesday, but that show has been cancelled.

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