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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s representative gives update after open-heart surgery

I thought The Terminator was indestructible. After all, he survived four disappointing sequels. But it turns out 70-year-old action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is mortal after all. The Austrian bodybuilder turned actor turned governor of California suffered a serious health scare. He went to Cedars-Sinai Hospital for a catheter valve replacement, which is a minimally invasive procedure. However, issues arose, requiring emergency open-heart surgery.

Schwarzenegger was born with bicuspid aortic valve, which means that instead of the normal three leaflets, his valve has only two. The actor previously underwent elective heart surgery in 1997, the same year he starred in the hilarious disaster of a film, Batman & Robin. (As Mr. Freeze, he enthusiastically delivered pun-tastic lines such as “Let’s kick some ice” and “Cool party.”) At the time, doctors suggested Schwarzenegger get a mechanical aortic valve replacement, as it would be the only permanent solution. However, the actor opted not to, as it would have restricted his physical activity and intense fitness regime. Instead, he got a valve made out of tissue.

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