Alex Trebek Back Home Following Heart Attack

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LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: TV personaly Alex Trebek arrives at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The 71-year-old "Jeopardy!" host went to the hospital Saturday on the insistence of his wife, who "had tears in her eyes."

After suffering a “mild heart attack”, Alex Trebek is back at home and ready to tackle work around the house.

The Jeopardy! host, who spent several days at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A., told People he thought he was suffering from muscle strain, but went to the hospital at the behest of his wife.

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"I had been doing some work around the house working with a heavy ladder," he said describing the lead-up to his feeling chest and back pain Saturday.

"She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes," said Trebek, who suffered from a heart attack in 2007. "I didn't want to upset her more than I had already so I went – and she was right."

Trebek’s physicians found evidence of a blockage in an artery supplying blood to his heart, but it had cleared itself out on its own.

"My heart seems to heal, so that speaks well for my future,” Trebek said.

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The 71-year-old is expected to return to his job next month, when the next season of Jeopardy! begins shooting. He has hosted the show since 1984, and his contract was recently extended until 2014. In addition to having heart troubles nearly five years ago, in 2011 he snapped his Achilles tendon while chasing a burglar from his San Francisco hotel room. 

"I'm going to try and take it easy, but I have a lot of things to do around the house," said Trebek on his remaining time off. "I'm going to make sure someone helps me haul the stuff to my truck. I'm not going to do it myself. I'm not that dumb – yet."