FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2012, file photo, former Pennsylvania Gov. and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge introduces Republican presidential candidate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman during a campaign event, in Peterborough, N.H. Ridge was in critical condition Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, after undergoing an emergency heart procedure at a hospital in Austin. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Ex-Homeland Security czar Ridge recovering from heart attack

November 17, 2017 - 11:36 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The wife of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says he's in the early stages of recovery from a heart attack, a day after undergoing an emergency heart procedure.

The 72-year-old Ridge remained hospitalized in critically stable condition Friday in Austin, Texas, where he had been attending a Republican Governors Association conference.

Michele Ridge says it's going to be "day-to-day." He was at his hotel when he called for help Thursday morning. She says first responders worked heroically to get her husband to the trauma center.

He underwent a cardiac catheterization and is now resting comfortably and responding to doctors

Ridge, a Republican, also was a two-term Pennsylvania governor from 1995 to 2001. He was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George W. Bush until 2005.

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