In a recent interview with Today, Toni Braxton confirmed that she almost passed on a potentially life-saving doctor’s appointment because she felt “fine.”
Now 55, the Grammy-winning singer said that doctors recently discovered blockage in the largest artery of her heart — which could have led to a “widowmaker,” the most deadly type of heart attack, had they not “immediately” inserted a stent.
Prior to her medical appointment, Braxton attributed her chest pains to the grief she was experiencing from the recent loss of her sister, stating:
“I just thought it was just sadness.” “It turned out to be much more serious, and I just dismissed the signs … and a lot of people tend to do that.” Braxton admitted that she considered skipping the appointment because she felt “fine.” “I would have had a massive heart attack and would not have survived.”
Braxton suffers from lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack healthy tissue, putting stress on her heart, which led to the blockage in her artery.