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Un-Break Her Heart

Toni Braxton Faces Her Heart Disease With Courage

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But Schulz also wants to make sure that women see a physician to check out the symptoms. "You always want to balance your right-brain intuition with left-brain fact," she says, suggesting that women develop and trust their intuitive awareness by discussing these subjects with friends, counselors, or spiritual advisors or going to doctors who specialize in emotional issues.

For Braxton, her biggest hit, "Un-Break My Heart," has taken on special meaning. "I always hear older people saying, 'When you sing songs, they actually become your life,'" she says. After her bout with pericarditis and healing her own heart, she's helping other women prevent the breakage in the first place. For Braxton, it's now all about harmony. The proof is her newest album, titled Libra -- her astrological sign, symbolized by the scales of balance.

But Braxton emphasizes that paying attention should apply not only to heart disease but to any illness. She's especially gratified when fans follow up with her. "Often they'll say, 'I went to the doctor and got myself checked out,'" she says. "It makes me feel good."

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