Arnold Schwarzenegger awake, in stable condition after heart surgery,
Hollywood superstar and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent heart surgery today, a slightly frightening medical prospect that in no way hindered his ability to treat fans to takes on their favorite lines from his hit blockbuster movies. “I’m back,” Schwarzenegger—who’s currently reported as being in stable condition—apparently said as his first comment after coming out of surgery, in what was presumably both a reference to his famous Terminator catchphrase, and also a testament to how committed this man is to his own personal bit.
Although TMZ reported the procedure as emergency heart surgery, the Schwarzenegger camp clarified that this was actually a scheduled, less-invasive procedure to replace a temporary heart valve that the actor first had replaced in 1997. An open-heart surgical team was on hand in case of emergencies, but the process was actually done via catheter, rather than the more painful and extreme procedure of cracking the ribs and opening up the chest. Schwarzenegger is apparently doing fine; no word yet on whether he’s also considering getting a biopsy, just so he can bust out “It’s not a toom-ah” today, as well.
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In an interview on 60 Minutes from 2012, Schwarzenegger gave even more insight into his 1997 surgery. Particularly, there was one big decision that the actor didn’t make in relation to the procedure: He didn’t tell his wife at the time, Maria Shriver, about the surgery. That was… probably not the best move. Even his doctor told him that he was “crazy” for not telling Shriver, who was pregnant at the time, about having the procedure.
Apparently, the actor had it all figured out. He explained, “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’.” Thankfully, things did turn out OK and his surgery ultimately went alright after it initially failed.
There haven’t been any reports recently that stated that Schwarzenegger was in poor health, so this news is likely to come as a surprise to many. Luckily, though, it seems like the actor is doing alright and is in stable condition following his emergency surgery.