70-year-old action star Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent emergency open-heart surgery Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a report by TMZ.
The report cites sources connected to the actor and former California governor saying Schwarzenegger developed complications after going to Cedars-Sinai for a catheter valve replacement — a procedure described in the report as “somewhat experimental.”
“Doctors were prepared in case the catheter valve replacement failed … and quickly decided Arnold needed emergency open-heart surgery, which we’re told lasted several hours,” TMZ reports.
The report adds: “This is not the first time Arnold has gone under the knife for heart surgery. He had an aortic valve replaced in 1997. At the time doctors didn’t feel the procedure was urgently needed, but Arnold decided to do it while he was still young. He also said at the time the condition was congenital and had nothing to do with steroids.”
Schwarzenegger is reportedly in stable condition.