July 20, 2016 02:05 PM

Two men have Kim Zolciak-Biermann‘s heart – but not in the way you think.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta veteran reunited with the doctors that kept her going after a health scare last year.

“The reason I’m still ticking,” she captioned an Instagram photo with her heart surgeon and her electrocardiologist. “Very thankful for my incredible team.”

Zolciak-Biermann, 38, was competing on Dancing with the Stars last year when she was hospitalized for a mini-stroke. Her health concerns ended her time in the competition.

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.”

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