Arnold Schwarzenegger, the iconic actor and former California governor, is in stable condition after undergoing heart surgery, a spokesman confirmed on Friday.
According to a representative, Schwarzenegger had a planned procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Southern California to replace his pulmonic valve.
The valve was originally replaced during an operation in 1997 to treat a congenital heart defect, but it had “outlived its life expectancy,” prompting Schwarzenegger to seek “a less-invasive catheter valve replacement,” the spokesman said.
“Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition,” spokesman Daniel Ketchell said in a statement. “We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.”
Ketchell said that during the medical procedure “an open-heart surgery team was prepared” in case the catheter operation could not be performed, but that the valve replacement was successful.
At 2:16 p.m. EST the spokesperson wrote on Twitter that Schwarzenegger was awake and “in good spirits.”
The Austrian-American actor and politician, known for his title roles in “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Terminator,” served two terms as governor of California, from 2003 to 2011.
His first remarks after the surgery were “I’m back,” Ketchell tweeted, a reference to his catchphrase from “The Terminator.”
David Siders contributed to this report.