Arnold Schwarzenegger Undergoes Third Heart Surgery
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73, has braved another heart surgery.
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On Friday, Arnold broke the news that he underwent surgery to replace his aortic valve. Along with a series of pics, he wrote on Instagram, “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.”
Schwarzenegger made sure to thank the medical team at Cleveland Clinic.
In 2018, Arnold had to undergo emergency open heart surgery due to complications from a catheter valve replacement.
Following the surgery, Arnold tweeted, “It's true: I'm back! I went to sleep expecting to wake up with a small incision and woke up with a big one - but guess what? I woke up, and that's something to be thankful for. Thank you to the doctors & nurses. And I'm truly filled with gratitude for all of the kind messages.”
Arnold opened up about the recovery process, telling “Extra” last year, “I always have a lot of help. You need to have the doctors there to pump you up, the nurses there to help you with the walking, to get going again. My girlfriend Heather was there, and she was pumping me up all day long and she stayed there at night… Three months later I was on the set of 'Terminator 6' shooting in Budapest.”
More than 20 years ago, Schwarzenegger elected to have his first heart surgery to replace a congenitally defective aortic heart valve. Replacement heart valves typically last around 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced again, according to the Cleveland Clinic.