Bodybuilding icon Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly recovering in a cardiac intensive care unit after undergoing emergency heart surgery on Thursday, March 29, WENN.com reports.
The Terminator star had been scheduled for a catheter valve replacement at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
During the outpatient procedure the 70-year-old actor suffered a heart attack and doctors determined he needed immediate open heart surgery.
Schwarzenegger is reportedly in stable condition.
It is not the first time Scwarzenegger has gone under the knife for heart surgery – in 1997, he had an aortic valve replaced.
“I’ve never felt sick or had any symptoms at all, but I knew I’d have to take care of this condition sooner or later,” he shared in a statement at the time. “I said to the doctors, ‘Let’s do it now, while I’m young and healthy.’ They agreed this was the way to go.”
Schwarzenegger often posts workout videos on his social media accounts. He has been the subject of anabolic steroid rumors in the past.
Longterm anabolic steroids can lead to cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), heart attack or heart failure because steroids weakens the heart muscle.