Heart Attack in spotlight as Alex Trebek is hospitalized for a minor heart attack

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Popular game show host Alex Trebek had a minor heart attack and is hospitalized. His popularity and the cause of hospitalization bring heart attack again into focuse, as many people are wondering about the symptoms and signs of heart attack and treatment options.

According to Reuters "Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was hospitalized Tuesday after a minor heart attack, a spokesman for the game show said. Trebek, 67, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center late Monday night and was expected to remain there about two days for tests and observation, said show spokesman Jeff Ritter."

NIH - Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

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  • Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.

  • Other symptoms. May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

Treatment of Heart Attack

The immediate treatment for a heart attack is opening or clearing the blockage causing the symptoms. At Mayo Clinic, this is typically accomplished when interventional cardiologists perform a minimally invasive procedure in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. For comprehensive treatment, a multidisciplinary team collaborates to perform additional tests, determine needs for medications and formulate a rehabilitation plan to improve long-term outlook. Read more about treatment of heart attacks. - Mayo Clinic

eMaxHealth wishes Alex Trebek a quick recovery from his minor heart attack.

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