(LOS ANGELES) — Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is recovering well after a mild heart attack, according to a statement his representatives sent to ABC News.
“Alex is up and about and in good spirits while doctors complete their testing at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute,” the statement reads. “He has been moved to a regular room today and looks forward to returning home as soon as his doctors give their approval.”
Trebek’s heart attack on Sunday was a mild one, just like his previous heart attack in 2007.
According to an earlier statement issued by his representatives, the 71-year-old longtime game show host was reportedly in good spirits and undergoing tests at the Los Angeles-based medical center. In those tests, cardiologists said Trebek’s doctors were likely trying to determine how much damage his heart had sustained, and whether there were any severe blockages in his blood vessels.
Dr. Cam Patterson, physician-in-chief at the University of North Carolina Heart and Vascular Center, said Trebek’s doctors were likely studying whether Trebek was at risk for another heart attack and how much damage his heart endured.
If Trebek has a blockage, he’ll likely need a stent to open his blood vessels. But even then, it’s possible that he could leave the hospital within a day and recover within a week or two.
Trebek’s representatives said they expect Trebek to have recovered enough to tape the new season of Jeopardy! at the end of July.
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
Jeff Peterson, Deseret News