CLEVELAND, Ohio—Alluding to his famous catchphrase from his blockbuster “Terminator” franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed, “It’s true, I’m back!” after having surgery to install a new aortic valve.
Unbeknownst to most of the population, Schwarzenegger has a congenital heart defect—proving once, and for all, he is not, in fact, an unstoppable killing robot.
Schwarzenegger, now 73, last underwent heart surgery in 2018 after complications arose during an experimental procedure to replace a catheter valve in his heart.
Arnold’s spokesperson Daniel Ketchell gave details about the latest heart procedure: “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…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.
Schwarzenegger was in good spirits as he tweeted about his recovery and touring the city of Cleveland.
“Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery. I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!”
Luckily for the former Governor of California, or “Governator,” as he’s affectionately called, his spirit is as indestructible as his robotic counterpart.
And as fans of the actor, we are glad he is “back” and waves “Hasta la vista“ to his heart problems.
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