Dancing With the Stars contestant Kim Zolciak-Biermann had a serious health scare after leaving for home last night. The 37-year-old former Real Housewife of Atlanta had just arrived at her Roswell, Georgia home when she began to have symptoms of a mini-stroke:
“The last 24hrs have been whirlwind! I landed yesterday morning from LAX (took the red eye right after DWTS) I got home and within minutes suffered a TIA (mini stroke) the left side of my body went completely numb and my speech was gone.”
In an Instagram post, Zolciak-Biermann thanked her husband, NFL pro Kroy Biermann and eldest daughter Brielle for their “quick reactions,” and went on to say “I have 100%of my feeling back THANK GOD. Still in the hospital but I just know I’m getting released today!
Zolciak-Biermann has had a tough time on DWTS, getting low scores, but was given a pep talk by co-host Erin Andrews. And she survived this week’s eliminations. It remains to be seen whether her current health scare will change her participation in the show.
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long.
Most symptoms of a TIA disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and difficulty with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.
Symptoms of stroke appear suddenly. Watch for these symptoms and be prepared to act quickly for yourself or on behalf of someone you are with:
If you suspect you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms indicative of a stroke, do not wait. Call 911 emergency immediately. There are now effective therapies for stroke that must be administered at a hospital, but they lose their effectiveness if not given within the first 3 hours after stroke symptoms appear. Every minute counts!