Heart Attack Grill Customer Has Heart Attack -- While Eating 6,000-Calorie Burger

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Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:52 AM

  • Courtesy of the Heart Attack Grill
Everything is bigger and flashier in Las Vegas, even the heart attacks. Halfway through eating a 6,000-calorie Triple Bypass Burger, a customer at the Las Vegas outpost of Heart Attack Grill began experiencing chest pains and had to be wheeled out of the restaurant by paramedics -- all while diners snapped photos and video because they though it was an elaborate publicity stunt. A rep for the chain, which allows people who weigh more than 350 pounds to eat for free, denies it was a publicity stunt, according to The Daily Mail.

click to enlarge The Triple Bypass Burger at Heart Attack Grill
  • The Triple Bypass Burger at Heart Attack Grill
"The gentleman could barely talk. He was sweating, suffering. Anyone with an ounce of compassion would've felt for him," the chain's founder, "Doctor" Jon Basso, tells Fox 5 Las Vegas. The news station reports that the man survived and is recuperating.

The Triple Bypass Burger contains three beef burger patties, 12 slices of bacon, six slices of cheese and gobs of creamy "special sauce." At 6,000 calories, it's not even the fattiest, most unhealthy item on the menu. There's a Quadruple Bypass Burger. Maybe next time.

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