Jun 24, 2012
Alex Trebek, 71, is recovering from a "mild heart attack" and is under observation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he will undergo more coronary testing.
Trebek was immediately hospitalized upon experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow is not restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.
Heart attacks most often occur as a result of coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart.
This is the second heart attack for Alex Trebek, who had returned to work one month after his 2007 coronary emergency.
"He is expected to fully recover and be back at 'Jeopardy!' when production begins taping in July for the new season," said producers of the popular television program taped in Sony Pictures Studios Stage 10 in Culver City.
The winner of five Emmy Awards, Alex Trebek has been the host of "Jeopardy!" since 1984. A trusted spokesman, Trebek has starred in Colonial Penn Life Insurance TV commercials for more than a decade.
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