Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed the news of his heart operation on social media.
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may be known as a killer robot.
But in real life he is just a human being.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 73-year-old actor and former Republican governor of California, revealed on social media Thursday that he had undergone heart surgery.
In the post, which was shared on both Instagram and Twitter, Schwarzenegger said he had his aortic valve replaced at the Cleveland Clinic medical center in Ohio.
A defective aortic valve is not something you want to have, considering that it helps blood flow from the heart and through the rest of the body.
It can also lead to aortic stenosis and is more common as people age.
Others, like Schwarzenegger, have heart problems their entire lives due to a birth defect.
Schwarzenegger posted that he was already feeling better.
"I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland, enjoying its incredible statues," he wrote on Instagram.
"Thank you to all the doctors and nurses on my team!"
This is not Schwarzenegger's first heart surgery
Schwarzenegger underwent open heart surgery two years ago to replace a pulmonary valve, following a previous pulmonary valve replacement in 1997.
"Governor Schwarzenegger's pulmonary valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from surgery and is in stable condition," Daniel Ketchell, a Schwarzenegger spokesman, tweeted in 2018.
The pulmonary valve helps blood flow from the heart to the lungs.
Problems with this valve can lead to pulmonary valve stenosis and pulmonary valve regurgitation.
Schwarzenegger is not the first politician to have struggled with heart problems and the problem does not discriminate along party lines.
President Donald Trump's medical records revealed he had a common form of heart disease in 2018, while former Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders had a heart attack in 2019.