Kim Zolciak, ‘Real Housewives’ Star, Denies Weight Loss Corset Waist Trainer Caused Stroke: Talks ‘DWTS’ & Tour

Kim Zolciak, famed as a star of her Don’t Be Tardy reality TV show and Real Housewives of Atlanta alum, isn’t going to let a stroke defeat her from her goals. Although she had a stroke following a performance on Dancing with the Stars and Kim had to exit the competition, Zolciak is staying in the headlines by attacking claims that her use of a corset waist trainer caused her stroke, reported Us Weekly.

Rumors about why Kim had a mini stroke ranged from Botox injections to that corset waist trainer. So Zolciak headed to social media to emphasize her own view.

“You guys know I love my @nowaistclique waist trainer, I have heard all sorts of ppl commenting on ‘what might have caused my mini stroke’ let me be real clear, I am a very healthy woman who takes great care of myself.”

In addition, Zolciak clarified her heart condition that is linked to her stroke. Kim explained that she was born with a hole in her heart (PFO). That resulted in a clot to halt the flow of oxygen to her brain for a brief period, resulting in a mini-stroke (TIA). Zolciak, who is married to football player Kroy Biermann, revealed that she will be undergoing heart surgery to correct the problem.

Kim Zolciak dishes on her stroke.
Kim Zolciak dishes on her stroke. (Image via Bravo)

“By no means did my waist trainer cause my blood clot or my TIA. I would never use anything nor promote anything that I personally didn’t love or something that was dangerous. I LOVE LIFE WAY TOO MUCH! and I have a whole lotta living to do,” added Kim.

Zolciak also expressed gratitude that the stroke revealed that she had a dangerous heart condition that potentially could have resulted in a heart attack, reported Entertainment Tonight.

And Kim is looking forward to reuniting with her Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Tony Dovolani partner in November for the finale.

Kim Zolciak will return to "Dancing With The Stars" for the finale.
Kim Zolciak will return to "Dancing With The Stars" for the finale. (Image via Bravo)

In addition to the DWTS finale, Zolciak is going on a speaking tour, reported Page Six.

Kim has been discussing the possibility for years and admitted she’s thrilled to be going for her dream. Zolciak expressed her appreciation to her fans for their emails and encouragement after they viewed her speech on Don’t Be Tardy.

“I’m so flipping EXCITED!!!” summed up Kim on social media.

Kim Zolciak was disappointed when she had to withdraw from DWTS.
Kim Zolciak was disappointed when she had to withdraw from DWTS. (Image via Bravo)

While Zolciak is excited about her new gig, some medical experts aren’t so enthusiastic about using a corset waist trainer for weight loss, reported Market Watch.

Although it might make women look temporarily more slim, it doesn’t achieve the promise of helping women lose weight or maintain their weight loss, according to Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center.

“In the end, there’s no good science that suggests this is somehow going to train the waists to stay in that position. No way.”

Moreover, Apovian warns that wearing a waist trainer all the time could even result in dehydration, because of the pressure on the tummy. Wearers also could experience reflux from the pressure. Some women wear them while they work out, but Apovian says this backfires because they aren’t tightening their stomach muscles and, therefore, fail to improve their core strength.

Although manufacturers tout benefits ranging from reducing the waist to sculpting the body and redefining the figure, researchers recently investigated to see if corset waist trainers could help with weight maintenance. Those in the study wore the waist trainers five days a week, five hours a day. But the nine-month study resulted in complaints from those human guinea pigs that it was uncomfortable.

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