Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals he had heart surgery, says he feels ‘fantastic’

Cydney Henderson
 
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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is feeling “fantastic” after heart surgery.

The “Terminator” star, 73, revealed on Twitter Friday that he recently had a “new aortic valve” implanted in his heart. The aortic valve helps keep blood flowing in the correct direction through the heart, according to Mayo Clinic. 

“Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic,” Schwarzenegger captioned several photos, including one of him flashing a thumbs up from his hospital bed. “I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!”

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Schwarzenegger was born with a congenital heart defect, his spokesman  Daniel Ketchell said in 2018. His family has a history of heart ailments: His mother and maternal grandmother both had valve issues.

The action star previously underwent emergency open-heart surgery in March 2018 to replace a pulmonary valve that was originally replaced in 1997.

“It’s true: I’m back!” Schwarzenegger tweeted on April 2018, quoting his famous Terminator catchphrase.

USA TODAY reached out to Ketchell for comment. 

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