The 'Jeopardy!' host also thanks his wife, Jean Currivan-Trebek, for making him go to the hospital to get checked out for what he thought was just simple muscle pain.
Alex Trebek has been released from hospital after suffering a mild heart attack over the weekend. The 71-year-old TV personality is now resting at home. "Maybe I'll take a little better care of myself," he tells PEOPLE. "I'm going to try and take it easy."
He, however, "wouldn't count on it" because he has "a lot of things to do around the house." Still, he will make sure to find help for heavy works like loading his stuff to his truck. "I'm not going to do it myself. I'm not that dumb - yet," he says.
Trebek says he suffered from "a squeezing, tight pain" on his chest. "I had been doing some work around the house working with a heavy ladder," he recalls what happened before he experienced the mild heart attack. "I just thought it was muscle strain."
He thanks his wife, Jean Currivan-Trebek, for urging him to get checked out by doctor. "She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes," he says of his wife. "I didn't want to upset her more than I had already so I went - and she was right."
The "Jeopardy!" host, who suffered from a similar attack in 2007, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "My body cleared the blockage itself," he states. "My heart seems to heal, so that speaks well for my future."
The health scare doesn't tamper his good spirits as he manages to crack a joke about his hospitalization. "It's just an attempt to get attention," he laughs. "[It had] almost as big an effect as when I shaved my mustache 12 years ago."
Once he fully recovers, he will resume production of the game show in July for its upcoming 29th season.