Teresa Heinz Kerry hospitalized in stable but critical condition according to news reports. While we are not participating in her care, this report is worrisome as Ms. Kerry has not been reported to be in ill health.
Kerry, who is married to Secretary of State John Kerry, could be suffering from one of a number of conditions common to women of her age (74), including myocardial infarction (MI or heart attack) and stroke. She is likely in the operating room, cardiac cath lab, or ICU if she is rated as being in critical condition.
Of interest is that if she had either an MI or stroke there are now protocols for percutaneous procedures depending on the exact diagnosis that if performed within a several hour time frame, greatly improved survival and decrease morbidity.
It is curious that no mention is being made of a transfer to a larger, tertiary care hospital such as those in Boston that might better be able to provide this level of care.