Arnie under great deal of stress, say his pals

Updated: May 21, 2011, 13:08 PM IST

Washington: If sources are to be believed then scandal ravaged Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pals are concerned about the impact of stress the actor is having on his health.

In just one week, Schwarzenegger has watched his star power fade after the scoop that he fathered a love child with the family housekeeper, Mildred Baena. And even, his estranged wife, Maria Shriver, has hired high powered divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, reports

"He is under a great deal of stress," a source said, "and while he is in top physical condition, the fact is, this is a man that had an aortic valve replacement on his heart in 1997. Arnold``s friends have begged him for years to quit smoking cigars, but he refuses. Arnold watches what he eats, works out religiously, but he puts those toxins in his body every time he smokes a cigar."

Arnold "is extremely stubborn, and he loves those cigars. Any time there is increased stress in someone’s life, that takes a toll, period. Someone that is internationally known like Arnold, having to deal with his wife leaving him, and having this unfold in a public setting, well, people close to Arnold are watching him closely," the friend states.