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He'll Be Back: Schwarzenegger Stable After Heart Surgery

March 30, 2018 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- He'll be back.

Actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is recovering from heart surgery.

Daniel Ketchell, chief of staff for Schwarzenegger's production company, said "The Terminator" actor had a pulmonic valve replaced during a planned procedure Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The valve was originally replaced in 1997 due to a congenital heart defect. 

"That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent, and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement," Ketchell said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Ketchell explained an open-heart surgery team was ready in case the catheter procedure could not be performed.

The surgery was a success and Schwarzenegger is apparently in good spirits.

Ketchell said his first words after waking up from the surgery were, "I'm back."

Schwarzenegger is in stable condition as he recovers. 

The 70-year-old former Mr. Universe and bodybuilding star served two terms as California governor from 2003 to 2011.