Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone heart surgery

The actor previously had heart surgery in 1997

Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone heart surgery, a spokesperson has said.

The actor is set to star in a number of upcoming projects, including a new reboot of Terminator. The film is set for release in 2019.

Schwarzenegger was having a catheter valve replaced at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai, a statement from spokesperson Daniel Ketchell confirmed. Previous reports suggested the star had undergone emergency open-heart surgery, but Ketchell said “an open-heart surgery team was prepared, as they frequently are in these circumstances, in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed.” 

The valve was successfully replaced and Schwarzenegger is “recovering from surgery in stable condition”. Ketchell later reported that the actor was “awake and his first words were actually ‘I’m back’, so he is in good spirits.”

The 70-year-old had previously had heart surgery in Mexico in 1997, when he had an aortic valve replaced. At the time, he issued a statement that explained: “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. I said to the doctors, ‘Let’s do it now, while I’m young and healthy.’ They agreed this was the way to go.”

Last year, the actor made fun of Nickelback in a tweet, using them to contextualise Donald Trump‘s low approval ratings. “When Congress is less popular than herpes & Nickelback, how do 97% of them get re-elected?” he wrote.

The Canadian band soon fired back, asking him to “approval rate” his 1997 film Batman & Robin. Schwarzenegger saw the funny side, replying with a quote from the movie and hoping to reconcile with the band.