Kim Zolciak Undergoes Heart Surgery After ‘DWTS’ Elimination

Kim Zolciak ended up getting eliminated this season on Dancing With the Stars after she had a mini-stroke and couldn’t fly back to LA to perform. It turns out that Zolciak had more wrong with her than she realized, and this stroke may have saved her life. Now, People is sharing that Kim went in for heart surgery this morning, and this mom of 6 is doing great. Kim had shared that the surgery was coming, but didn’t tell fans went to expect it.

Today, Kim Zolciak was on her Instagram, sharing that the surgery was a success. Luckily, it looks like everything went great for Kim, and she will be back on her feet in no time. Zolciak has shared that she has big plans to dance on the Dancing With the Stars finale, so hopefully this won’t keep her from being able to do that when the time is here.

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Kim Zolciak explained that because of her stroke, the doctors were able to find a heart condition that she didn’t even know she had going on. If this had not happened, Kim Zolciak might have ended up having bigger health issues in the long run. It did take her out of DWTS, but it was worth it to get Kim’s health on track. Here is what Zolciak explained.

“I have a blood clot, they don’t know if it came from my leg or my pelvis. 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. 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. 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 attack.”

Kim Zolciak did share that her entire life changed in that moment, but luckily for her, it was all okay in the long run. Kim is married to Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann, and they have 6 children at home. Her oldest daughter is now 18, but they have 4 little ones still running around, as well. Being a mom is very important to Kim Zolciak, so luckily she was able to get her health fixed and be around for her kids.

When Kim Zolciak was eliminated from the show, some people didn’t think it was fair because she could have still danced from Atlanta and they could have filmed it for the judges. If Kim had been allowed to fly, she would have been there, and she had been practicing and learned the dance already. Her friend, NeNe Leakes, spoke out and shared her thoughts on it, and she actually agreed with the decision. NeNe said that “rules are rules,” and didn’t seem to think that Kim should be an exception to this rule. NeNe has also been watching the show to support Tamar Braxton. She is still on the show and doing great, dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy.

Do you think that Kim Zolciak will be able to dance on the finale of Dancing With the Stars this season? Do you feel like it was fair that they eliminated her after she couldn’t fly back to Los Angeles to dance? Don’t miss new episodes of DWTS on Monday nights on ABC. Sound off in the comments below on your thoughts on Kim’s elimination.

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