Booster gadget helps Travis' heart pump blood 

Country singer Randy Travis is in critical condition in a Texas hospital due to viral cardiomyopathy, weakening heart muscles caused by infection. 

Contrary to reports, Travis has not undergone heart surgery but received an IMPELLA device for left ventricular assistance to stabilise his condition. 

The IMPELLA device is a temporary solution to strengthen the heart's pumping power, typically implanted with a small groyne incision, unlike open-heart surgery. 

– Interventional cardiologists can perform this less invasive procedure in a hospital's cardiac catheterization lab.

– The device is threaded through blood vessels into the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber.

– The left ventricle, weakened in Travis' case, struggles to pump blood, leading to a risk of congestive heart failure.

– The IMPELLA device acts as a booster, providing additional support to help the heart pump blood effectively.

– Randy Travis remains in critical condition, and the procedure aims to stabilise his heart function.

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