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Toni Braxton Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

April 28, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Toni Braxton now 55, made an appearance on the TODAY show and shared how she’s been coping with her systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), diagnosis and her latest health scare. According to Essence, she revealed that her battle with SLE almost led to a heart attack.

She took action and got a coronary stent, a medical device that ensures the heart gets the blood it needs to keep pumping strong. This occurred about the same time she lost her beloved sister Traci to cancer.

“I just thought it was sadness,” Braxton said on the show. “It turned out to be much more serious, and I just dismissed the signs … and a lot of people tend to do that.”

After a doctor’s visit, her doctor told her that she needed a stent placed “immediately.”

“A couple days after they did the procedure, they told me that it was touch and go.” She added that if she had skipped that doctor’s appointment, “I would have had a massive heart attack and would not have survived.”

“You’ve got to get those screenings done,” she said. “It’s very important.”

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