He's BACK: Arnold Schwarzenegger in miracle recovery after heart op

Joann Johnston
April 1, 2018

Previously, Schwarzenegger's representative Daniel Ketchell shared a statement on Twitter in which he detailed the procedure which the Predator star underwent.

Schwarzenegger, 70, underwent a planned procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday to replace a pulmonic valve, when complications arose and he required an "emergency" open-heart surgery, as TMZ first reported.

"Schwarzenegger is awake and his first words were actually "I'm back", so he is in good spirits", Ketchell tweeted.

Doctors rushed the Terminator and Predator star into a theatre for open-heart surgery, operating for several hours, according to reports in the U.S. entertainment press.

He added Schwarzenegger's pulmonic valve was "successfully replaced" and that the star "is now recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition".

Ketchell continued, "During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared, as they frequently are in these circumstances, in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed".

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The valve had simply reached the end of its "life expectancy" of 10-15 years and needed to be swapped out for a less invasive catheter valve.

Schwarzenegger appeared in two movies past year, Killing Gunther and Aftermath.

"We are starting to shoot Terminator 6 in June to the middle of October, so I am in that", he said.

Schwarzenegger, 70, interrupted his career as an action movie star to serve as governor from 2003 to 2011.

He also was the host of NBC television's "New Celebrity Apprentice", an iteration of the unscripted show that formerly starred Trump.

Sylvester Stallone has confirmed Arnold Schwarzenegger is "better than ever" following his open heart surgery.

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