EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Shortly after Michigan Stateâ€™s 34-31 overtime victory over Notre Dame, Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio was admitted to the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Room early Sunday morning, with symptoms consistent with a heart attack.
Dr. Chris Dâ€™Haem, DO, an interventional cardiologist withÂ Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute (TCI)Â and Sparrow, performed a cardiac catheterization procedure on Dantonio. This â€œrelatively commonâ€ procedure used a small, metallic stent to open a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart.
â€œThe procedure was successful and blood flow to the heart muscle was restored,â€ Dr. Dâ€™Haem said. â€œIâ€™m very pleased with the outcome of the procedure. Coach Dantonio is resting comfortably following his procedure and is expected to make a full recovery.
â€œHe is young, in excellent shape, and the damage to his heart was minimal. Coach Dantonio made the right decision to come in and get checked out immediately.â€
Dantonio will remain at Sparrow Hospital for a few days for monitoring. His return to the sidelines will be determined at a later date.
During Dantonioâ€™s recovery, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the head coach.
â€œMark Dantonio is our head coach,â€ MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. â€œThroughout his recovery process, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will assume the day-to-day responsibilities of the head coach. This is a time for Spartan Nation to rally around Coach D and the football program. We all look forward to his return to the sidelines. The thoughts of the entire Spartan family are with Coach D, his wife Becky and his daughters Kristen and Lauren.â€
â€œOur thoughts and prayers are with Coach D and his family,â€ Treadwell said. â€œWe wish him a full and speedy recovery, so he can rejoin us on the sidelines. In the interim, the vast majority of this coaching staff has been together for seven years, so we wonâ€™t miss a beat as we move forward and build upon the momentum of last nightâ€™s thrilling victory.â€