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Kim Zolciak's former DWTS partner says she was to blame for her stroke

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DWTS pro says there's a very specific reason for Kim Zolciak's health crumbling during the show

Kim Zolciak has had a heck of a month after suffering a ministroke, learning she has a heart condition and then being forced to forfeit on Dancing with the Stars.

Now, Zolciak's former dance partner, Tony Dovolani, is saying her health woes are her own fault because she had no business competing on DWTS in the first place.

It seems that Dovolani believes that Zolciak should have hit the gym a little harder before coming to practice.

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"Dancing with the Stars isn't something you just blink at," Dovolani told OK magazine. "Let (Kim's stroke) be a warning. You need to prepare yourself."

"So for future celebrity contestants out there, get on a treadmill, start working out before you come here and get checked out by a doctor," he continued his warning, "especially if you aren't used to that sort of physical activity."

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Dovolani's harsh words are kind of shocking, considering Zolciak does seem to follow a fitness regimen  — well, she likes to wear cute workout clothes and drink protein shakes, at the very least.

If she was unable to keep up with the rigorous exercise, we wonder how other celebs have managed to avoid incidents similar to Zolciak's in past seasons.

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While Dovolani feels Zolciak's health problems were caused by lack of preparation on Zolciak's part, other rumors are swirling that her stroke was caused by her controversial waist training — which Zolciak quickly took to social media to adamantly deny.

Good morning!!!! 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, however I was born with PFO (a hole in my heart) which enabled a clot to cross over and stop oxygen to my brain for a very short time in turn causing me to have a TIA, I will be having heart surgery to repair it. 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 #KeepItTight #Hourglass #CommentRudeIBlockYou #HeartAwareness #THANKYOUFORALLYOURPRAYERS

A photo posted by Kim Zolciak-Biermann (@kimzolciakbiermann) on

"By no means did my waist trainer cause my blood clot or my TIA," she wrote in the caption of a new Instagram picture of herself in a waist trainer. "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. #KeepItTight #Hourglass #CommentRudeIBlockYou #HeartAwareness #THANKYOUFORALLYOURPRAYERS."

Do you think Dovolani's words were too harsh, or was he right to use Zolciak as an example to warn future contestants?

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