Published Nov 19, 2013It's been a while since we've heard from Hamilton, ON five-piece metal group Threat Signal, and sadly their guitarist Travis Montgomery has revealed that he's currently suffering from myocarditis, a condition that causes inflammation of the heart and the tissue surrounding the heart.
"There's a lot of the same symptoms as a heart attack, and apparently it feels just like one. The difference, though, is that this was caused by a virus," he told Metal Injection.
Montgomery explained that he was diagnosed with the condition recently while visiting family in Texas. After experiencing heart attack-like symptoms (chest pains, shortness of breath), he was airlifted from one hospital over to Medical Plaza in Ft. Worth, TX, where more tests were conducted.
"From all of the testing and things they've done, it looks like my heart is pretty damaged at the moment," he confirmed. "It's working at about 35 percent of what it should be for someone my age. That can be fixed over time, though. I just need rest, to stay on a healthy diet, and to take my meds. I'll have to be on blood pressure medicine, and make sure to keep track of my heart rate and blood pressure a few times a day for probably the next year."
Doctors told Montgomery that the estimated recovery time can be between nine and 12 months.
Threat Signal's last LP was 2011's self-titled set.