Movie star turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger recently had to undergo open-heart surgery after a failed valve replacement procedure left him in a critical state.
According to TMZ, the 70-year-old Terminator star went in for a scheduled catheter valve replacement on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is usually done on people who have aortic stenosis, which refers to the narrowing of a heart valve.
Sources revealed that the former governor of California developed complications during the procedure and had to have emergency surgery.
It is very likely that Schwarzenneger was at a higher risk for complications because he had previously undergone a valve replacement in Mexico in 1997.
After that operation, he revealed in a statement that he never actually knew he had the condition because he felt no symptoms. But when he found out, he did not wait long to take action. He had the surgery done as quickly as possible.
The open-heart surgery performed on Schwarzenneger reportedly lasted several hours. Fortunately, the actor was described as 'stable' on Friday morning.
His spokesman Daniel Ketchell told The Washington Post that the action star was in high spirits when he came to consciousness following the surgery. According to Ketchell, Schwarzenneger's first words upon coming to were "I'm back."
Ketchell also revealed that the former bodybuilder chose to have the elective TAVR because his 1997 surgery had outlived its usefulness. While he was having the procedure done, the open-heart surgery team were in the ready, just in case.
Fortunately, Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was replaced successfully and he is recovering well.