Mark Dantonio Recovering from Heart Attack

By: News 10
By: News 10

Michigan State University released the following statement about coach Mark Dantonio's heart attack. Stay with News 10 and for more information as it becomes available.

Shortly after Michigan State'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 D'Haem, DO, an interventional cardiologist with Thoracic and
Cardiovascular Institute (TCI) and Sparrow, performed a cardiac
catheterization procedure on Dantonio. This "relatively common"
procedure used a small, metallic stent to open a blocked blood vessel
leading to the heart.

"The procedure was successful and blood flow to the heart muscle was restored," Dr. D'Haem said. "I'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.

"He 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."

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 Dantonio's recovery, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will
manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the head coach.

"Mark Dantonio is our head coach," MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis
said. "Throughout 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."

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    Mark, This might be the wake up call that thousands of MSU fan need to get the doctor and have things check. Well wishes.
  • by Jeremy Location: Eaton Rapids High School on Sep 19, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    Get Well Soon Coach Dantonio! Go MSU!!
  • by Jim Location: Lansing on Sep 19, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    I'm older and too heavy, not the pressure but I need to get myself where I can be healthy. God speed Mark. Win this one too!!
  • by Jared Location: MSU on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    Get well soon coach Dantonio!
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