Kim Zolciak to Undergo Heart Surgery

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Things have gone from bad to possibly much worse for Kim Zolciak.

The mother of six, who was dropped from Dancing with the Stars this season after suffering a stroke, revealed yesterday on Extra that she must undergo heart surgery as a result of this condition.

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"I have one of the top cardiologists in the country who's amazing," Zolciak said, adding that she's already scheduled the procedure and saying:

"Anything that has to do with you heart and brain is pretty scary, but heck, I've been through it. I'm okay."

Zolciak says she has been living with this issue since birth.

Her stroke was caused by a blood clot that traveled to the opposite side of her body due to a valve that never closed when she was in the womb and the upcoming surgery will correct the hole.

Not long after being sent packing, Zolciak petitioned to remain on Dancing with the Stars.

Program rules prohibit her return as a competitor, but she is expected to make an appearance on the season finale.

"It was a blessing in disguise," Zolciak told Good Morning America soon after her stroke hospitalization on September 22.

"The minor TIA revealed that I have a PFO, which is like a hole in your heart. I was born with it and it never closed. That's what caused it, basically."

Kim now says she's "feeling great" and we send her our best wishes for a speedy, full recovery.

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