Toni Braxton Performs With Heart Monitor
There seems to be no stopping Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton — not even her health. The R&B crooner performed with a heart monitor visibly strapped to her chest during a show in Georgia on Saturday — less than two weeks after she was hospitalized for the second time in several weeks due to the disease, lupus.
Doctors recommended Braxton, 49, wear the device at all times to identify pain in her chest, in addition to potential heart attacks or strokes, TMZ reports.
When she took the stage in Savannah, the monitor was in plain sight. TMZ got their hands on a picture of the device when she took the stage wearing a black jacket that was unzipped to expose her upper chest.
The last time Toni was in the hospital, Toni has been released from the hospital after being admitted for complications stemming from lupus.
“Hey guys, thanks for all your well wishes and understanding,” Braxton, 49, tweeted Sunday. “I am out of the hospital, and en route to Chicago…”
“Lupus needs to be constantly monitored and this minor setback should not affect the rest of her tour,” her Twitter account read after the news broke.
In early October, the singer Toni Braxton was taken to a Los Angeles hospital due to complications from lupus but is now doing better and recovering nicely, according to her representatives.
“Toni is resting at home and she is fine. She was in an L.A. hospital for a few days being treated for her lupus,” her reps said in a statement to ABC News.
“She has been released and starts rehearsals for her upcoming tour this week. She was not in serious condition, though lupus is a serious disease and must be monitored at all times,” Braxton’s representatives added.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease, causing inflammation to a person’s internal organs, joints and skin. Lupus is not contagious and may be caused by a number of factors, including hormones, genetics and one’s environment, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. An exact cause for the disease is still unknown.