Toni Braxton Opened Up About Undergoing Heart Surgery, Artery Was 80% Blocked

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Toni Braxton opened up about undergoing lifsaving heart surgery.

The living legend singer explains that she stopped being consistent with her recommended regular urine and blood tests. “I kept putting it off thinking, ‘Oh, I’m fine. I’ll be okay.’ But my doctor was persistent, and I went to get tested in the last week of September. I did a specialized test and they looked at my heart and saw some abnormalities,” Braxton explains.

“I found out that I needed a coronary stent. My left main coronary artery was 80% blocked. The doctors told me I could’ve had a massive heart attack, I would not have survived.”

She continued, “It was a traumatic moment for me. I was in shock,” she recalls. “I remember that day because my chest was aching often, just hurting. And I thought I was just sad because unfortunately my sister [Traci Braxton] had just passed and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m really aching in my heart for my sister.’ And come to find out, of course I was sad about my sister, but I also had underlying health issues. It was my body talking to me, telling me something’s not quite right.”

Toni’s sister, Traci Braxton passed away in March, from Esophageal cancer.

Though the health scare was traumatic for Toni, she says she’s grateful it wasn’t worse. “I look at it like it was a blessing in disguise for me because now, putting off tests? Oh no, I will not put off tests,” Braxton assures. “If all I have to do for my lupus and my kidney health is pee in a cup, I can pee in a cup. How many times do you need me to pee? If all I gotta do is get my arm pricked for some blood? Oh yes, I can do that. How many vials do you need?”