Hollywood legend and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 70, was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles for a catheter valve replacement, TMZ reports.
The site claims Schwarzenegger experienced complications during the procedure when the valve replacement failed, reportedly leading to open heart surgery.
However his representative has now insisted that Arnie is in a stable condition following the operation and even joked around with one of his catchphrases. Daniel Ketchell tweeted that Schwarzenegger was awake and doing well, stating: “His first words were actually ‘I’m back’, so he is in good spirits.”
The actor had previously had an aortic valve replaced in 1997.
Doctors didn’t believe the procedure was necessary at the time, but Arnold wanted to do it while he was still young.
He later opened up about the surgery, after he broke six ribs in a motorbike crash back in 2001.
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“It was very painful, much more painful than the heart surgery,” he said at the time.
“A rib breaking is, like, the worst.”
The actor was in a second motorcycle accident in 2006, but walked away almost unscathed.
Arnold is an Austrian-American actor who has worked on movies such as Totall Recall, Twins, Commando and The Terminator during his lengthy career.
He began weight training at the age of 15, and was crowned Mr. Universe at the age of 20 – going on to win Mr Olympia seven times.
Alongside this, as a Republican, he was first elected on October 7, 2003 as a governor. He was sworn in on November 17, and was re-elected in 2006 to serve a full term as governor.
OK! Online have contacted a representative for Arnold for comment.