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He's coming back. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in stable condition on Friday following a heart surgery in Los Angeles, said his spokesman Daniel Ketchell to the Washington Post.
Schwarzenegger, 70, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center underwent a planned procedure to replace a pulmonary valve originally substituted for a congenital heart defect in 1997, Ketchell said in a statement.
"This 1997 replacement valve was never intended to be durable, and has survived its life expectancy, so it chose to replace it with a less invasive catheter-valve replacement yesterday," Ketchell said.
He noted that an open-heart surgery team was available during the procedure, but downplayed its seriousness.
"They are common in these circumstances, in the event catheter procedures could not be performed," Ketchell said. "Governor Schwarzenegger pulmonary valve has been successfully replaced."
Schwarzenegger recovers from the operation and remains in a stable condition, he added.
"That's the most important part," he said.
Schwarzenegger's condition was first reported by TMZ, which states that the actor and former bodybuilding champion had undergone a "somewhat experimental" catheter-valve replacement.
According to the Celebrity News Site, doctors decided to develop "emergency" open heart surgery following Schwarzenegger's complications.
Perhaps best known in the 80s and 90s as a former Mr. Universe and for his roles in action films like "Terminator" and "Total Recall," Schwarzenegger, who originated from Austria, switched from a Hollywood star to a politician Republican. From 2003 to 2011, he served two terms as governor and was nicknamed "The Governator."
Since then he has mixed drama and politics. Over the past year, Schwarzenegger has emerged as a vocal opponent of President Trump, publicly criticizing Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and stifle the president's equivalence after killing a counter-protester at a white racist rally in Charlottesville.
He also hosted the "New Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC, a repeat of the reality show that formerly played Trump. (Instead of "You're fired," Schwarzenegger's slogan was "You're finished.")
Schwarzenegger's TV appearance and open criticism of Trump made him the target of the President's insults on Twitter and elsewhere. At the national prayer breakfast last year, Trump asked the participants to pray for Schwarzenegger's ratings.
In a video Schwarzenegger responded to Trump's taunts with a suggestion.
"Hey Donald, I have a great idea, why do not we change the job," Schwarzenegger said . "You take over television because you're such an expert on ratings and I take your job and then people can finally sleep comfortably again."
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