Reports: Arnold Schwarzenegger Undergoes Emergency Open-Heart Surgery

Earlier today, it was reported by TMZ that 70-year old bodybuilding legend and pioneer Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent emergency open-heart surgery on Thursday.

According to TMZ, sources close to the bodybuilding legend informed them that Schwarzenegger experienced heart complications after going to the hospital for a catheter valve replacement. Fortunately for Schwarzenegger, his family, and fans, this was something the doctors had potentially accounted for, so they were prepared for the situation. The sources told TMZ that Schwarzenegger had gone to Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, California for the catheter valve replacement Thursday.

TMZ states in their news report that they’ve been told that the procedure Schwarzenegger underwent was somewhat experimental and he developed complications soon after the initial procedure had failed. TMZ writes, “Doctors were prepared in case the catheter valve replacement failed…and quickly decided Arnold needed emergency open-heart surgery, which we’re told lasted several hours.”

As of right now, Schwarzenegger is said to be in stable condition at the hospital. 

Within the TMZ report, they point out that this isn’t the first time Schwarzenegger has undergone heart surgery. They mention that back in 1997 Schwarzenegger had decided to go under the knife to have aortic valve replaced. They write, “At the time doctors didn’t feel the procedure was urgently needed, but Arnold decided to do it while he was still young. He also said at the time the condition was congenital and had nothing to do with steroids.”

Currently, these are the only details that have been released in respects to Schwarzenegger’s experimental procedure, the emergency open-heart operation, and his current condition. As stated above, thankfully doctors were prepared for the worst case scenario and countered the complication before things could have taken a worse turn.

If anything else is released, we’ll be updating this article accordingly for more information about his current state and recovery.

Feature image from @schwarzenegger Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

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