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Attorney General Eric Holder released from hospital after feeling faint

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2013 file picture of Attorney General Eric Holder (Official White House Photo by Peter Souza) 2013 file picture of Attorney General Eric Holder (Official White House Photo by Peter Souza)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized for several hours Thursday and treated for an elevated heart rate after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath, the Justice Department said.

Holder arrived as a precaution at a Washington hospital around 10:30 a.m. and was given medicine to restore his heart rate to a normal level. He was discharged less than three hours later after completing a series of tests. He walked out of the hospital on his own and was sent home to rest Thursday afternoon, according to a Justice Department statement that described him as "alert and in good spirits." A heart attack was ruled out.

The Justice Department said Holder experienced similar symptoms several years ago, but the symptoms were milder then and did not require serious medical attention.

Holder, a trim 63-year-old, is known inside the department for bypassing the elevator and taking the stairs at a brisk pace to reach his fifth-floor office. He also plays basketball.

The White House says President Barack Obama was notified and wished Holder a "speedy recovery."

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This information was released on the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs website:

Director of Public Affairs Brian Fallon released the following statement this morning:

“During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, the Attorney General began experiencing symptoms including faintness and shortness of breath. As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation. He is currently resting comfortably and in good condition. He is alert and conversing with his doctors. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

LINK: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/February/14-ag-210.html


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