Arnold Schwarzenegger In Stable Condition After Heart Surgery to Replace Aortic Catheter Valve

Samantha Chang

Arnold Schwarzenegger is in stable condition after undergoing heart surgery to replace an aortic catheter valve.

Schwarzenegger, 70, got the procedure done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 29. The procedure was "to replace a pulmonic valve that was originally replaced due to a congenital heart defect in 1997," according to a statement by his rep (see below).

"That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement. During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared... in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed."

The former California governor and father of five is resting in stable condition.

"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," the seven-time former Mister Olympia revealed in a statement at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I said to the doctors, 'Let's do it now, while I'm young and healthy.' They agreed this was the way to go."

At the time, Schwarzenegger — who rose to fame as a world-champion bodybuilder — denied speculation that his heart condition was brought on by steroid use.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose bodybuilding nickname was the "Austrian Oak," admitted using steroids, as it was not banned in competition back then.

"Steroids have nothing to do with this," Arnold's rep said. "This is a congenital condition that's existed in his family."

Schwarzenegger married NBC News reporter Maria Shriver, the niece of former president John F. Kennedy Jr., in 1986. Shriver filed for divorce in 2011 amid revelations that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with their housekeeper. The couple finalized their divorce in 2017.

In 1997, Arnold Schwarzenegger was immortalized in the hit documentary Pumping Iron, which chronicled his bodybuilding success and catapulted him into a Hollywood film sensation.

Like The Terminator, "he'll be back," they promised.

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