Arnie, 70, ‘sta­ble’ af­ter emer­gency open heart surgery

Daily Mail - - News - From Daniel Bates in New York

ARNOLD Sch­warzeneg­ger was re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal last night af­ter un­der­go­ing emer­gency heart surgery.

The 70-year-old had ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing rou­tine key-hole surgery for a heart valve re­place­ment.

Ad­di­tional sur­geons who were on standby then made the quick de­ci­sion to carry out emer­gency open heart surgery.

The oper­a­tion at Cedars-Si­nai Hos­pi­tal in Los An­ge­les lasted sev­eral hours and Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger was last night said to be in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The news sparked an out­pour­ing of sup­port from fans of the for­mer body­builder, ac­tor and ex-Cal­i­for­nia gov­er­nor, fa­mous for his roles in the Ter­mi­na­tor films.

His fam­ily has a his­tory of heart prob­lems and he re­ceived car­diac check-ups dur­ing his an­nual phys­i­cal.

In 1997, when he was 49, he un­der­went surgery to re­place his pul­monary valve. Sur­geons had to re­peat the oper­a­tion a sec­ond time be­fore it was a suc­cess.

‘That 1997 re­place­ment valve was never meant to be per­ma­nent, so he chose to re­place it through a less-in­va­sive catheter valve re­place­ment,’ his spokesman Daniel Ketchell said.

‘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.

‘Gov­er­nor Sch­warzeneg­ger’s pul­monic valve was suc­cess­fully re­placed and he is cur­rently re­cov­er­ing from the surgery and is in a sta­ble con­di­tion.’

He is set to ap­pear in a new Ter­mi­na­tor film along­side Linda Hamil­ton, who was in the orig­i­nal with him, but pro­duc­tion could be de­layed while he re­cov­ers.

He showed no signs that he was in ill health re­cently and ap­peared on CNN last week to talk about the Repub­li­can party un­der Don­ald Trump.

The Aus­trian-born star was also seen at an am­a­teur body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, this month, where he seemed re­laxed.

He said that age is just a num­ber to him and he felt great.

‘I don’t even think that I’m 70, I know I’m 70, but so what?’ he said.

‘It’s only on my pass­port or my driver’s li­cence, but I feel the same way as I did 20 years ago. I feel good about my­self. I work out. I make my movies. Life is great. I feel use­ful and pro­duc­tive.’

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