Michigan State head football coach is expected to make a full recovery following a cardiac catheterization procedure early Sunday morning.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – 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.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach D and his family,” Treadwell said. “We 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 won’t miss a beat as we move forward and build upon the momentum of last night’s thrilling victory.”