The legendary and world-famed bodybuilder comes action movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger received heart surgery on the 29th of March 2018. Early reports, specifically by TMZ.com, stated that the operation helping pre-scheduled and was not open heart surgery on an emergency basis. They also stated that his surgery absolutely had nothing to do with his previous history of the use of performance-enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids. TMZ, the celebrity news outlet release the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s heart surgery via an article that was titled Arnold Schwarzenegger undergoes emergency heart surgery. Why all the basic understanding of the story was indeed true, the celebrity news website had got one of the most important aspects all of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s visit wrong.
Sources close to the action superstar and politician told TMZ that the 70-year old made a visit to Cedars-Sinai purely for a valve replacement on a catheter. The celebrity news outlet reported that they were told that the surgery is experimental to a degree and that Schwarzenegger had developed certain complications during the surgery. They went on to say that the doctors were well prepared in the event that the valve replacement was to fail and quickly came to the conclusion that Schwarzenegger needed to undergo open heart surgery that took place over a period of several hours. However, this was not correct, and his surgery had been in the pipeline for quite some time.
The pre-planned surgery involved cardiac catheterization, which was performed to replace the valve in the pulmonary part of the heart. Overall the replacement of a catheter is a procedure that is minimally invasive, and it is inserted via a small cut in the groin where it is fed up to the heart. After this, a balloon valvuloplasty is then used to help manoeuvre the valve replacement into the correct location. His original valve replacement was performed in 1997, and it was never intended to be a permanent solution. In fact, the 1997 valve far outlived its average expected lifespan, so he decided to replace it yesterday via a catheter valve replacement that is less invasive. It is common to have an open heart surgery team in the wings during such procedures in the event of complications, and this is perfectly normal during these types of circumstances, mainly in case the catheter replacement was not able to be performed.
Regardless of the sensationalism that was reported by the Press, Schwarzenegger pulmonary valve was successfully replaced and had nothing to do with his previous use of anabolic steroids such as Dianabol and Deca-Durabolin. The valve was originally fitted due to a congenital condition that Schwarzenegger has experienced throughout his life. In fact, he was born with pulmonary valve disease, and the valve replacement was a straightforward and standard procedure which went well. Unfortunately, the Press tends to over exaggerate when it comes to well-known celebrities and politicians, and in this case, it was a basic procedure that had been pre-planned and was not an emergency operation as had been hinted at.