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Arnold Schwarzenegger Experiences "Complications" During Heart Surgery

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most famous people in the world. The 70-year-old actor, body builder and politician seems to never age, and has been in the spotlight for decades.

However, just because he looks like he's made of stone, doesn't mean he is. Just like the rest of us, Schwarzenegger has health issues to worry about.

In 1997, when he was just 50 years old, the Terminator actor underwent heart surgery in order to replace an aortic valve. The surgery is considered fairly risky, as is anything with the heart, but Schwarzenegger still decided to go through with it. Doctors said the procedure wasn't totally necessary at the time, but because of his family's history of congenital heart issues, Schwarzenegger knew that it was something that needed to be done. Because he was young, he would be able to recover more more quickly.

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Since then, Schwarzenegger has seemingly been in peak physical condition. But despite how we may see him, the former Mr. Olympia didn't always feel the same way.

"I never saw perfection," Schwarzenegger said of his bodybuilding days. "There was always something lacking. I could always find a million things wrong with myself and that's what got me back into the gym - because I started out with that mentality."

Even though he may not have been able to support himself, Schwarzenegger is always down to support others. Now, however, he is going to need as much support as he can get after suffering from a serious medical issue.

According to TMZ, 70-year-old Schwarzenegger was going an experimental surgery when the procedure began to fail. The surgery was to replace a catheter valve, and is considered "minimally invasive." The idea is that the new valve replaces the old one, without actually having to remove it. According to the American Heart Association, because the surgery is less invasive than an open heart procedure, the hospital stay can be as short as three days.

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However, the replacement apparently failed during the procedure and the actor began to experience complications. Doctors decided that Schwarzenegger needed to have open heart surgery to complete the replacement.

Apparently Schwarzenegger is in stable condition, though it's unclear what the exact complications were or how long he'll be required to stay in the hospital.

We're wishing Arnie a speedy recovery!