Arnie’s First Words After Open Heart Surgery Were ‘I’m Back’

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s incredible first words after waking up from open-heart surgery were ‘I’m back’.

The 70-year-old Terminator star was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles for a catheter valve replacement on Thursday March 29.

TMZ reported that there were complications with this experimental procedure – although he sure seems to have kept his humour.

According to ABC, Daniel Ketchell, a spokesperson for Schwarzenegger explained in a tweet:

Governor’s Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition. We want to thank the entire medical team for their tireless efforts.

His first words were actually, ‘I’m back’.

Check out the original tweets below:

The legend lives on.

Back in 1997, Schwarzenegger underwent an aortic valve replacement procedure. Although doctors did not feel the operation was needed at the time, the Austrian-American former body builder wanted to have it done while he was still a young man.

At the time, Schwarzenegger explained this was a congenital condition, with no connection to steroid use; making the following comment to the LA Times:

I’ve never felt sick or had any symptoms at all, but I knew I’d have to take care of this condition sooner or later.

I said to the doctors, ‘Let’s do it now, while I’m young and healthy.’ They agreed this was the way to go.

Schwarzenegger decided not to have a mechanical valve replacement, instead choosing a tissue valve due to concerns a mechanical valve could restrict his physical activity and ability to keep fit.

Watch Schwarzenegger discuss his hereditary heart problem below:

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Schwarzenegger began bodybuilding at the age of just 15 and went on to compete for, and win, the Mr. Universe title at the age of 20.

He would go on to forge a career as a Hollywood action hero, starring in movies such as The Running Man, The TerminatorPredator and Total Recall.

Arnie – we salute you.