Arnold Schwarzenegger has open-heart surgery

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Former California governor and film star Arnold Schwarzenegger had open-heart surgery in California on Thursday to replace an aging pulmonic valve.

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“His first words were actually ’I’m back,” so he is in good spirits,“ Daniel Ketchell His representative tweeted.

Schwarzenegger, who had a congenital heart defect according to the report, had undergone pulmonic valve replacement in 1997.

That valve was “never meant to be permanent,” Ketchell said, and had reached the end of its life expectancy, which was approximately 10 to 15 years. The valve used in the new surgery was a less-invasive catheter valve replacement, he said.

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The pulmonic valve sends blood from the heart’s lower right chamber to the artery that delivers blood to the lungs. If it doesn’t function properly, it can cause fatigue and shortness of breath during exertion, as well as fainting spells.

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