Country singer Randy Travis has been in the hospital since Sunday, July 7, 2013 after contracting a upper respiratory infection that affected his heart.
Randy Travis, who is 54 years-old, was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy and had a device placed in his heart to increase the blood flow.
Mr. Travis has now suffered a stroke and underwent surgery Wednesday, July 10, 2013. He remains in critical condition, according to CBS News.
What is a Stroke?
Blood vessels called arteries bring blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body, including to your brain. There are multiple arteries that lead to your brain and when one of those arteries is blocked or bursts, a stroke occurs.
During a ‘stroke,’ the vital nutrients, blood, and oxygen are cut off from the part of your brain where the stroke occurred, and brain cells begin to die within minutes. Different parts of the brain areresponsible for different functions such as: speech, walking, hearing, vision, language, movement of the face, hands, and so on.
Depending on the area of the brain where the stroke occurred, those functions may not work as well as they did before – you may notice changes in the appearance or behavior of someone who has had a stroke, during and after recovery.
Symptoms of a stroke can include trouble walking, trouble with speaking and understanding, a sudden numbness or paralysis of face, arms, or legs; especially on one side of the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, one way to tell if someone is having a stroke is to have him or her raise both hands up in the air; if one hand begins to fall, then a stroke maybe happening.
Also, if the potential stroke victim tries to smile, one side of his or her mouth may droop. Other signs of stroke include a sudden and severe headache that results in vomiting, dizziness, or altered consciousness, as well as vision problems such as seeing double, blurred or no vision at all in one or both eyes.