Alex Trebek, 71, host of the popular TV game show “Jeopardy!” for nearly 30 years, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday after suffering a mild heart attack. He’s currently undergoing further testing, but is expected to return to the show in July for the start of its 29th season.
While the circumstances surrounding his hospitalization are unclear, what is clear is that Trebek was very fortunate his heart event was not more serious. The faster you’re treated for a heart attack, the less damage your heart will sustain. Here are the signs of an impending heart attack that you should look out for:
- Chest pain or discomfort that doesn’t go away
- Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
- Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort
- Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness, or breaking out in a cold sweat
- Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), or lack of energy
The symptoms of a heart attack can vary from one person to another, and chest pain is not always present. A heart attack can also occur within minutes or within weeks of experiencing these symptoms.
So, if you experience one of more of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. The more of these symptoms you experience, the more likely it is you’re having a heart attack, so don’t attempt to drive yourself to the hospital – call an ambulance instead.
If you suffer from coronary heart disease – the leading cause of heart attacks – read the Vitals Coronary Heart Disease Patient Guide for information on how to prepare for your doctor visit, questions to ask, treatment options, and more.
Sources: cnn.com and nhlbi.nih.gov