Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone an emergency open-heart surgery after a failed valve replacement procedure, it was reported on Friday.
TMZ, which broke the news, citing sources close to the 70-year-old Terminator star, said the former governor of California went to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Thursday to have a scheduled catheter valve replacement.
The procedure is said to be experimental, and the former Mr Universe developed complications, leading to an emergency open-heart surgery that reportedly lasted several hours.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, pictured on March 18, has undergone an emergency open-heart surgery after a failed valve replacement procedure
As of late Friday morning, his condition following the operation was described as stable.
The veteran action star went in for surgery in 1997 to replace an aortic valve. According to the American Heart Association, the valve closes off the lower left chamber of the heart that holds the oxygen-rich blood before it is pumped out to the body, and it opens to allow blood to leave the heart.
Aortic valve replacement is a procedure in which a patient’s leaky, or partially block aortic valve is replaced with an artificial heart valve.