Dantonio has heart attack

September 20, 2010

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio underwent surgery early Sunday morning after suffering from symptoms consistent with a heart attack.

The school released a statement Sunday saying Dantonio was admitted to Sparrow Hospital and doctors performed a cardiac catheterization procedure, in which a small, metallic stent is used to open a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart.

"The procedure was successful and blood flow to the heart muscle was restored," said Dr. Chris D'Haem through the school. "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's Spartans pulled out a 34-31 overtime victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night, winning the game on a fake field goal for a touchdown.

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