As he revealed on a new episode of his podcast 'Arnold's Pump Club,' Arnold Schwarzenegger had to undergo heart surgery last Monday (March 18). Having been fitted with a pacemaker, the Terminator is now “a bit more of a machine”, the 76-year-old joked just days after the procedure.

Schwarzenegger was born with a heart defect

The procedure did not come suddenly for the actor. He has already had to undergo open heart surgery three times because Schwarzenegger was born with a heart defect. In 1997, he underwent two heart procedures to replace a pulmonary valve and an aortic valve. Valves used at one time were replaced in 2018 and 2020. Because the resulting scar tissue causes an irregular heartbeat, a pacemaker had to be inserted, as Schwarzenegger explains in his podcast. “That's life with a genetic heart defect. But I'm not complaining,” confirmed the 76-year-old man.

The “Terminator” has already recovered from his surgery

It's especially important for the former governor of California to emphasize that nothing can derail him so quickly. “First of all, I want you to know that I'm doing well,” explains Schwarzenegger, adding: “I had surgery on Monday and on Friday I was already at a big environmental event with my friend and fitness colleague Jane Fonda.” Thank you. for help According to doctors and nurses, the procedure was “as painless as possible”.

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