Arnold Schwarzenegger is, at this moment, recovering in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after having undergone emergency open-heart surgery.
The frightening nature of the news may be somewhat mitigated by the most recent update, indicating that he is in stable condition. However, this appears to be the latest development in a decades-spanning struggle with heart issues for the 70-year-old Schwarzenegger, who notably underwent a 1997 surgery to repair a congenital issue with his aortic valve.
Schwarzenegger was admitted to Cedars-Sinai on Thursday, where doctors determined that he required open-heart surgery, reports TMZ. The measure was made in preparation for the possible failure of the catheter valve replacement he received from the 1997 procedure. Reportedly, the surgery on Thursday was an experimental one, said to have lasted several hours. However, as mentioned, Schwarzenegger is currently stable in recovery.
The recurring media narrative regarding Schwarzenegger’s heart troubles typically evokes the actor’s former (publicly admitted) usage of anabolic steroids during his competitive bodybuilding heyday in the 1970s; a career that, amongst other accolades, yielded seven Mr. Olympia titles and four Mr. Universe wins. Frequent steroid usage – however long ago – has been known to carry deleterious long-term effects on the heart. However, that may not be the cause here, since his 1997 heart surgery (possibly connected to this latest one,) corrected a bicuspid aortic valve (meaning he was born with two valves instead of the standard three). Indeed, back in 1999, Schwarzenegger successfully sued a German doctor who predicted that steroids would cause him an early death, also gaining a settlement from tabloid Globe, which ran an article implying something similar.
For now, the ass-kicking Austrian actor, and former California governor, appears to be showing the characteristic durability of a Terminator. His fans around the world and, not for nothing, those of us at Den of Geek, are pulling for the man, who has provided us so many monumental movie moments. We wish him a speedy recovery.