Arnold Schwarzenegger is in stable condition after undergoing heart surgery on Thursday.
“Yesterday, Governor 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,” Schwarzenegger’s spokesperson Daniel Ketchell wrote on Twitter Friday, adding that the 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be a permanent solution.
The spokesperson continued, explaining that the catheter valve replacement was a less-invasive surgery, but that an open-heart surgery team was ready to go in case anything went wrong.
“Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from surgery and in stable condition,” Ketchell wrote.”We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.”
He also added in an update that the 70-year-old “Terminator” actor was awake and his first words were, “I’m back.”