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Schwarzenegger In Stable Condition After Open-Heart Surgery

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger walks past his portrait unveiled at the state Capitol in 2014.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A spokesman for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the actor’s first words upon waking up from open-heart surgery were, “I’m back.”

Schwarzenegger is in stable condition after undergoing a procedure to replace a heart valve yesterday in Los Angeles, according to the spokesman, Daniel Ketchell.

Originally reported by some media outlets as “emergency surgery,” Ketchell said the procedure was scheduled. Schwarzenegger had made the appointment to replace a pulmonary valve, which was originally installed in 1997 for a congenital heart defect. The valve had surpassed its life expectancy.

Doctors first attempted a less invasive method, but were prepared to perform open-heart surgery as an alternative, when the initial procedure was unsuccessful.

Pulmonary valves are commonly replaced using both methods.

Ben Bradford

Former State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covered California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

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