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US Attorney General Eric Holder discharged from hospital (updated)

In this file photo from Oct. 2013 he attends the announcement of Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security Secretary. The Justice Department reported Thursday that Holder had been taken to the hospital after complaining of faintness and shortness of breath.
In this file photo from Oct. 2013 he attends the announcement of Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security Secretary. The Justice Department reported Thursday that Holder had been taken to the hospital after complaining of faintness and shortness of breath.
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Updated 1:45 p.m.: 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."

Previously: The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.

A statement from the department says Holder is "resting comfortably and in good condition" at a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a Thursday morning meeting with senior staff.

The department says the 63-year-old attorney general is alert, talking with his doctors and undergoing further evaluation.

No additional information was immediately provided.