Actor, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger undergoes emergency heart surgery

(KGTV) - Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent emergency open-heart surgery Thursday, according to TMZ.

TMZ, citing sources, reported the 70-year-old "Terminator" star went to a Los Angeles-area hospital Thursday to have a catheter valve replaced.

After developing complications, doctors performed emergency open-heart surgery on Schwarzenegger that lasted several hours.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, Daniel Ketchell, issued this statement regarding the actor's surgery:

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.

That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent, and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement.

During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared, as they frequently are in these circumstances, in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed.

Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition.

We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.

According to Ketchell, Schwarzenegger woke up from the surgery at around 11 a.m. Friday and his first words were "I'm back."

"So he is in good spirits," Ketchell said.

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