Amy Grant gives update on health 'feels fantastic' 8 months after open-heart surgery

The 60-year-old singer shared an update on her health while appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday — eight months after having open-heart surgery to correct a rare condition her doctor discovered last year.

"I feel fantastic. I just have this feeling that this is going to be the best year yet," Grant told host Robin Roberts, 60.

Grant had surgery to correct partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR), a rare heart condition she's had since birth. She learned she had PAPVR after having a heart checkup in February 2020.

While on GMA, Grant encouraged fans and viewers to monitor their heart health, as cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in America and globally.

"My birth defect was an encroaching killer and I had no idea," the star said. "My advice would be take care of yourself. The world needs you. Even if you feel like everything is fine, you don't really know what's going on inside."

"I think women tend to put their health on the back burner," she added. "We need the gift of each other. Even if you go, 'Oh, I got nothing on the radar,' just get somebody else to check it out."

On Wednesday, she performed for the first time since her surgery, performing "Every Heartbeat" from her album Heart in Motion.