WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning.

Holder was taken to a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a Thursday morning meeting with senior staff, the department said in a statement.

The department said the 63-year-old attorney general was alert and talking with his doctors during his stay.

He was released later Thursday afternoon and sent home to rest, according to his office.

Holder is known for bypassing the elevator and taking the stairs at a brisk pace to reach his 5th-floor office. He also plays basketball.

The White House said President Barack Obama was notified and wished Holder a “speedy recovery.”

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