Arnold Schwarzenegger shares what he learned after an exhausting recovery from the open-heart surgery that nearly killed him four years ago.
While Schwarzenegger has been a fitness fanatic his entire life, the 76-year-old bodybuilder-turned-actor has also had to deal with health issues over the years, including a botched procedure in 2019 that was performed before filming “Terminator.” “Dark Fate”.
in YouTube video Titled “Starting from Zero: Coming Back from Heart Surgery,” the former California governor recalls how he woke up “terrified” after something went wrong in what was supposed to be a “non-surgical” aortic valve replacement — his third open heart surgery.
Schwarzenegger said: “I woke up and suddenly the doctors were in front of me saying: ‘I’m so sorry, but it was the opposite of what we planned.’” “[They said] We made a mistake and broke through the heart wall and had to be opened very quickly and rescued [my] life. “I was really terrified.”
The wrong operation was a major setback for the action star who had to undergo a difficult physical recovery instead of training for the movie “Terminator 6”.
“The bottom line is that you can’t turn back the clock,” he added. It was a disaster. I was in the middle of a disaster. Now how will I get out of it? You have to shift gears. You pull yourself together, you move, you say: Okay, what I have to do now is get out of this hospital.
Schwarzenegger shared snaps from his recovery, including a clip where he slowly but surely walked down a hospital hall with his friends.
“I called my friends and said, ‘You’ve got to fire me up.'” He said, “You’ve got to count the steps I’m taking,” adding, “I looked like an idiot wandering the halls, but the bottom line is I was starting because the doctors said you should exercise.” “Your lungs because if you get pneumonia you could die.”
Eventually, Schwarzenegger was able to get back in shape enough to return to the gym and start preparing for the latest “Terminator” movie.
“I had to be in good shape, I had to move, run, lift things, and do fight scenes,” he explained. “We did it because I had a positive attitude, I knew exactly how I was going to get there, I had a support system — because we can’t do any of this on our own — and when I started shooting ‘Terminator 6’ I was completely at ease.” We get back together again.”
Schwarzenegger’s first experience with serious heart surgery was a pulmonary valve replacement in 1997. He performed the procedure again in 2018.
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