Doctors: Randy Travis "improving" but in congestive heart failure

      Country music star Randy Travis. (AP Photo)

      Randy Travis "has shown signs of improvement," according to his doctors, but{}he is no where close to being out of the woods.

      He is now in congestive heart failure because of a viral respiratory illness he contracted.{}{}{} The information came in a video statement from Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano on Wednesday.

      The singer underwent a procedure to increase blood flow.{} He was admitted{}to a Texas hospital Sunday with viral cardiomyopathy (kahr-dee-oh-my-OP-uh-thee), a heart condition caused by a virus.{}{} It infected his heart muscle, causing it to become weakened and enlarged so that it could not pump properly.

      The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer, best known for hits "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Three Wooden Crosses."