Tom Ridge out of hospital, in rehab after heart attack

AUSTIN, Texas - Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is out of the hospital more than two weeks after suffering a heart attack. He is continuing his recovery in a Texas rehabilitation facility.

A statement issued Tuesday through a family spokesman quoted Ridge saying he's making great progress and feeling much better.

Ridge, 72, was in Austin, Texas, on November 16, attending a Republican Governors Association conference, when he called for help at his hotel. Ridge underwent an emergency cardiac catheterization and required machines to stabilize him.

Ridge's wife, Michele, has said doctors have cautioned that there's a "long road ahead" for her husband.

The Republican served two terms as Pennsylvania's governor, from 1995 to 2001. He was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George W. Bush until 2005.

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