‘I’m back’: Arnold Schwarzenegger woke up in stable condition after heart surgery

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The Austrian-American film star, body-builder, activist and former California governor, 70, had a scheduled procedure at Cedars-Sinai hospital on Thursday to replace a valve that was originally replaced 20 years ago. The device was installed to repair a defective aortic valve in 1997. The device had outlasted its life expectancy, so the former California governor chose to have valve replacement by the catheter. Thursday’s surgery lasted several hours, TMZ website reports.

Arnold’s first words after undergoing heart surgery were “I’m back”. The star made the jokey remark in a twist to his well-known “I’ll be back” catchphrase after waking up from the surgery. Schwarzenegger’s character famously says “I’ll be back” in his breakthrough role in the 1984 movie The Terminator. “I came here with absolutely nothing… And California has given me absolutely everything,” Schwarzenegger once said of his time as the Republican governor of the famously liberal state.

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Earlier this week, Schwarzenegger seemed in good health when he spoke to CNN about changes in the Republican party. The former politician has been critical of Donald Trump’s presidential administration. He revealed in his book “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story” that he initially kept that first operation a secret from his wife, Maria Shriver, by telling her he was on holiday in Mexico. The actor was voted in as governor of California in a historic 2003 recall vote – but proved the win was no fluke by defeating opponent Phil Angelides to get re-elected.

The son of a one-time Nazi police chief, Schwarzenegger was born in the Austrian town of Graz on July 30 1947, in an ancient house that had no plumbing, no phone, no carpets and just a few lights. Schwarzenegger is best known as the hardman of cult movies such as the Terminator and Conan the Barbarian.The actor was voted in as governor of California in a historic 2003 recall vote – but proved the win was no fluke by defeating opponent Phil Angelides to get re-elected.In May last year, Schwarzenegger was honored in France with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the country’s most prestigious medal, for his environmental work.

 

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