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Jerry Tarkanian Heart Attack, Doing Fine And Released

03/22/2012 06:24 PM ET

Jerry Tarkanian suffered a mild heart attack yesterday, but appears to be all right.

“He said he feels pretty good, but he was scared,” Tarkanian’s son Danny told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A hospital spokesperson tells the AP Tarkanian is doing “very well” and likely will be released today.

Tarkanian, 81, was alert and feeling well enough to assure a nurse at MountainView Hospital that Kentucky is his pick to win this year’s tournament, the newspaper reported.

“It was a mild heart attack,” son Danny Tarkanian said.

Tarkanian’s daughter, Jodie Diamant, said she was with him when he started to wheeze during a doctor’s visit in Las Vegas. He was taken to a hospital and an EKG showed that although he wasn’t experiencing chest pains he was having a mild heart attack, according to the Journal-Review.

Tarkanian was taken to intensive care, but surgery is unlikely, Diamant said.

Tarkanian often was at odds with the NCAA while his UNLV teams went 509-105 from 1973-92. He still visits UNLV practices and was at the Mountain West Conference tournament.

“He was very alert, and he sounded good. Hopefully he’s going to be OK for a while,” Danny Tarkanian said. “As a family, we feel pretty relieved at this point.”

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