Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone emergency open-heart surgery after a reportedly experimental surgery had some complications. Schwarzenegger previously had heart surgery in 1997 when doctors replaced an aortic valve. The actor decided on his own to have the surgery then because he was young, even though doctors determined at the time that it was not a pressing health matter. In a bizarre twist, Schwarzenegger kept the 1997 surgery a secret from his then-wife, Maria Shriver. He told her he was going on vacation in Mexico instead of telling her about the heart surgery. The latest update on his most recent surgery is that he is recovering and in stable condition. TMZ had this to say.

"Arnold's people just told us the following ... the procedure was "to replace a pulmonic valve that was originally replaced due to a congenital heart defect in 1997. That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement. During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared ... in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed." The rep says Arnold's recovering from surgery and is in stable condition."

Arnold Schwarzenegger originally went in to have a "somewhat experimental" catheter valve replacement that ended up having complications, which needed emergency open-heart surgery performed. The surgery reportedly took several hours, but Schwarzenegger is said to be in stable condition after everything. Apparently, his doctors were prepared for anything and jumped right into the open-heart surgery without skipping a beat, no pun intended. Schwarzenegger is currently resting at Cedars-Sinai after the surgery, which took place on Thursday.

Arnold Schwarzenegger showed no signs of weak health last week at an event in Los Angeles where he talked about his vision of future for the GOP. The actor and president Donald Trump have been in a public war ever since Trump took office and Schwarzenegger couldn't help himself to throw a jab in Trump's direction while speaking to Republicans in Los Angeles. He said that voters were looking for real answers but that the current Republican party "is giving them Twitter fights instead." The actor is obviously talking about Trump's fascination with starting fights on the popular social media platform. Schwarzenegger ended his talk by telling the GOP to not be afraid to ask the hard questions to get to the bottom of things.

As previously mentioned, while Arnold Schwarzenegger had his first heart surgery in 1997, he kept it secret from his wife at the time, Maria Shriver. But it wasn't a sneaky tactic like some have assumed. Shriver was pregnant at the time and Schwarzenegger did not want to stress her out. So, he had the surgery in secret and went down to Mexico to recover, explaining to her that he was on vacation. He claims that he came back tan and rested and then told her about the secret heart surgery.

When news spread about Arnold Schwarzenegger's first heart surgery, many believed it was due to his admitted use of steroids from back in the day. However, the actor downplayed that assumption and has always claimed that it was a congenital condition that has been passed down in his family. There is no other information about Schwarzenegger's open-heart surgery, other than he's in stable condition at this time, which is a good thing. No news is good news in a situation like this. You can check out the rest of the original report about Arnold Schwarzenegger undergoing emergency open-heart surgery via TMZ.

Kevin Burwick