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Arnold Schwarzenegger talks recovering from open-heart surgery: 'I'm Back'

Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his silence following his emergency open-heart surgery last week, telling fans on Monday, "I woke up!"


Brittany King


Arnold Schwarzenegger's back and he's recovering.

 

The 70-year-old, who served two terms as California governor from 2003 to 2011, underwent a planned surgery to replace a pulmonic valve (also known as a pulmonary valve) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to Schwarzenegger's representative Daniel Ketchell. 

 

The replacement the actor underwent nearly 20 years ago was "never meant to be permanent," and he "chose to replace ... through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement," Ketchell added.

I woke up, and that's something to be thankful for. Thank you to the doctors & nurses. And I'm truly filled with gratitude for all of the kind messages.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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On Monday, the longtime Hollywood action star took to Twitter to update fans that he's okay following surgery.

 

"It's true: I'm back! I went to sleep expecting to wake up with a small incision and woke up with a big one - but guess what? I woke up, and that's something to be thankful for," Schwarzenegger tweeted on Monday.

 

"Thank you to the doctors & nurses," he added. "And I'm truly filled with gratitude for all of the kind messages."

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