Grant revealed in February 2020 she was diagnosed with a heart condition called partial anomalous pulmonary venous return, undergoing open-heart surgery in June.

Grammy Award-winning singer ‘Amy Grant’ learned she had PAPVR (partial anomalous pulmonary venous return) requiring open-heart surgery

Now eight months after her surgery, Grant is sharing a health update and message about her experience with her heart defect in an interview on “Good Morning America” Wednesday.

“I feel fantastic. I just have this feeling like this is going to be the best year yet. I love it,” Grant said.



The singer unknowingly lived with the heart condition since birth but was diagnosed last year after her doctor insisted Grant get a check-up while accompanying husband Vince Gill on a doctor’s visit

In June 2020, a rep for Grant confirmed with PEOPLE that the singer had undergone open-heart surgery.

“She had open-heart surgery to correct a condition from birth the doctors discovered during a heart checkup called PAPVR,” Grant’s rep told PEOPLE at the time. “Thankfully the doctor said it could not have gone better. We’re praying for a full and easy recovery over the next days, weeks, and months to come.”

 

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“My birth defect was an encroaching killer and I had no idea,” Grant said.  “My advice would be to take care of yourself, the world needs you.”

When she revealed her condition via social media, Grant gave credit to her doctor, who urged her to go through “a battery of tests” due to her father’s heart history.





The musician has a message to others about how to better manage their health.

“You don’t really know what’s going on on the inside. I think women tend to put their health on the back burner. It’s more like ‘oh my children, my grandchildren, my work, my spouse,’ all of those things, and we need the gift of each other,” Grant said.

“Even if you go ‘oh I got nothing on the radar’ just get somebody else to check it out,” she said.

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