Two men have Kim Zolciak-Biermann‘s heart – but not in the way you think.
“The reason I’m still ticking,” she captioned an Instagram photo with her heart surgeon and her electrocardiologist. “Very thankful for my incredible team.”
Soon after, the mother of six underwent heart surgery after doctors discovered an existing genetic condition that required treatment.
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“I have a blood clot, they don’t know if it came from my leg or my pelvis,” Zolciak-Biermann, 37, told E! “Most people have a filter so it can’t cross over to the other side of your heart, but because I do have a valve – they call it a hole, but it’s more like a valve that never closed when I was born – the blood clot was able to transfer and go through the hole, which stopped oxygen to my brain on the right side of my brain.”
In a way, the wife of Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann owes her life to her stint on DWTS.
“Had I not been so active with Dancing with the Stars and also flying – that’s probably what in essence caused the blood clot – it really is a blessing in disguise,” she said. “Because now I can really fix it and move on instead of having a true stroke where I never recover, or my doctor said a massive heart heart attack.”
“I think anything that has to do with your heart and brain is pretty scary, but I mean, heck, I’ve been through it, I’m okay,” Zolciak-Biermann said. “You really don’t realize how precious life is and how something can just – it literally happened in a second and my whole life changed.”