Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Emergency Open-Heart Surgery, says Report

March 30, 2018 Updated: March 30, 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent emergency heart surgery this week, according to reports.

The actor and former governor of California had open-heart surgery, TMZ reported, quoting “sources connected to Arnold.”

“The 70-year-old Schwarzenegger went to Cedars-Sinai Thursday for a catheter valve replacement. We’re told the surgery is somewhat experimental and he developed complications,” the site reported. “Doctors were prepared in case the catheter valve replacement failed … and quickly decided Arnold needed emergency open-heart surgery, which we’re told lasted several hours.”

Schwarzenegger went under the knife to replace his aortic valve in 1997. “I’ve never felt sick or had any symptoms at all, but I knew I’d have to take care of this condition sooner or later,” he said in a statement, reported the Los Angeles Times at the time. “I said to the doctors, ‘Let’s do it now, while I’m young and healthy.’ They agreed this was the way to go.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver during a Global Climate Summit this month in Los Angeles. California’s first lady was photographed holding her cellphone to her ear while driving, violating a state’s law signed by her husband. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2012, on “60 Minutes,” the “Terminator” actor said that his doctor told him that he was “crazy” to keep the 1997 operation a secret from his wife.

“He said, ‘Your wife is pregnant, what do you mean you are not going to tell her?'” he said, E! News reported. “I told him, ‘Here is the plan, I am going to have the heart surgery, you do it quietly, no one knows about it, we do it at six in the morning. Four days later I am out of here and I go to Mexico and I will tell Maria I am down here, a little busy and I am on vacation, when I come back I’ll be tanned and no one will know.'”

TMZ reported that his condition is currently stable.

Other details about the procedure were not revealed.


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