Kim Zolciak is discussing the 2015 stroke that ended her stint on Dancing With the Stars.
Two years after the health crisis, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who returned to the Bravo series earlier this year for season 10, offered fans an update.
“I feel great and I’m doing great,” she told ABC News, according to a report by Radar Online on October 5.
Zolciak has to take blood thinners and will likely continue to do so “for the rest of [her] life.”
“I was born with a whole in my heart and it was supposed to close and mine didn’t,” she added of what could have caused her stroke. “I would always have chest pain so I knew something was off most of my life.”
At the age of 21, Zolciak went to the emergency room but throughout her young life, doctors continued to tell her she was “always fine.” Then, as she dealt with the “stress” of competing on Dancing With the Stars, she succumbed to a stroke and was quickly rushed into surgery.
“I’d have a headache, but I’m still a mom,” she said of her symptoms. “I still have to bathe the babies, get them into bed — you push through. You saw what happened when I landed. Stress will kill you. It’s not really worth it.”
“When this happened to me, I was scared to death to get my heart rate up,” she added. “I didn’t run for six to seven months out of sheer fear.”
To see more of Kim Zolciak and her family, including husband Kroy Biermann and their six kids, don't miss new episodes of Don't Be Tardy season 6 on Friday nights at 8 p.m. on Bravo TV.