Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares Health Update After Pacemaker Implant

Arnold Schwarzenegger is giving his fans a health update.

Three days after revealing he had surgery to implant a pacemaker, Schwarzenegger shared that he was in good health and will “be ready” to film the second season of Fubar later this year.

“Thank you! I’ve gotten so many kind messages from all over the world, but a lot of people have asked if my pacemaker will cause any problems with FUBAR Season 2,” he wrote. “Absolutely not.”

“I will be ready to film in April, and you can only see it if you’re really looking for it,” he added, referring to a silly “high-voltage” clock he placed on his chest and plugged into his ear, channeling some Terminator energy.

The 76-year-old actor detailed his decision to undergo the medical procedure in a recent newsletter, updating readers on his swift recovery process and revisiting the timeline of his previous open-heart surgeries.

“Last Monday, I had surgery to become a little bit more of a machine: I got a pacemaker,” Schwarzenegger wrote. The actor added that he’s already back on his feet and “doing great.”

Schwarzenegger last received surgery on his heart in 2020, when he underwent open-heart surgery to have one of his bicuspid valves replaced. He initially attempted to have the valve replaced in 2018 through a non-invasive procedure, but due to a “little screwup at the hospital,” only one was replaced through an unexpected open-heart procedure. He first had both valves replaced in 1997. The replacements last, on average, around 12 to 15 years, though he got 21 years out of his first set.

“With all of those surgeries, my doctors told me it was more important than ever to stay on top of the situation, and I checked in all of the time, sharing heart rate information from home. We knew the heartbeat was irregular, and my fantastic team watched it like a hawk,” Schwarzenegger continued. “They told me they would let me know when it was time for a pacemaker.”


The irregular heartbeat was attributed to scar tissue from the previous surgeries. The actor added: “That’s life with a genetic heart issue. But you won’t hear me complaining. My mother and her mother’s bicuspid valves killed them. I’m still here because of medical innovation and being very diligent about staying in touch with my doctors and listening to them.”


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