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Arnold Schwarzenegger After Heart Surgery: 'I'm Back'

01 April 2018

A U.S. report stated that the former Governor of California had the surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The actor's spokesman, Daniel Ketchell said that the actor is rapidly responding to treatment.

He wrote: "Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger underwent a planned procedure at Cedars-Sinai to replace a pulmonic valve that was originally replaced due to a congenital heart defect in 1997".

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Ketchell previously told Schwarzenegger's fans on Twitter that his first words after waking up from surgery were "I'm back", a reference to his famous Terminator line "I'll be back".

"Schwarzenegger is awake and his first words were actually "I'm back", so he is in good spirits", Ketchell tweeted. Complications with the procedure ensued and doctors were obliged to perform emergency surgery on the actor.

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.

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"Schwarzenegger's pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is now recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition". Over the past year, Schwarzenegger has emerged as a vocal opponent of Donald Trump, publicly criticizing the president's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and lambasting the president's equivocation after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killed a counterprotester. "All of a sudden, in the middle of the night, I started getting less and less air and I have problems breathing".

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

Schwarzenegger served as California governor from 2003 to 2011.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger After Heart Surgery: 'I'm Back'