The reality star was hospitalized for a mini stroke in late September

By Andrea Park
October 27, 2015 09:40 AM
Courtesy Kim Zolciak-Biermann

Kim Zolciak-Bermann is on the mend.

The reality star revealed on Instagram on Tuesday morning that she has undergone heart surgery.

Zolciak-Biermann posted a hospital selfie with the caption, “My [heart] surgery was a success!! I can’t wait to be back on my feet 100%! Glad it’s over! Quite the whirlwind this past month has been…but such a blessing too.” She also included several hashtags: “#MyFamilyHasBeenAmazing #TheFalconsHaveBeenSoSupportive #GodIsIncredible #Blessed #Grateful #ThankYouToMyDoctorsAndNurses #AmazingTeam”

The Don’t Be Tardy star was forced to drop out of the current season of Dancing with the Stars after suffering a mini stroke on Sept. 23 and announced earlier this month it helped doctors discover an existing genetic condition requiring treatment.

“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.”

Zolciak-Biermann, who is married to Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann, also said that she’s actually grateful for the mini stroke.

“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.”

The mom of six said that the only treatments for her condition are “blood thinners for the rest of your life” or surgery, so she decided to go under the knife.

“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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