Article on a man who had a heart attack after eating a burger containing 6,000 calories.
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6,000-Calorie Burger Gives Man Heart Attack
A man at a Las Vegas fast food restaurant tempted fate by ordering a “Triple Bypass Burger”. The man was dining at the aptly named Heart Attack Grill – a fast food eatery that specializes in cholesterol packed food. He was eating a 6,000-calorie hamburger called a “Triple Bypass Burger” when he suffered cardiac arrest. The restaurant owner, Jon Basso, had to call an ambulance and the customer was taken to hospital. The burger contained over 3 kg of beef, 12 slices of bacon, cheese and a “unique special sauce” full of saturated fats. Mr Basso told Fox News how much distress his customer was in: “The gentleman could barely talk. He was sweating, suffering,” he said.
The Heart Attack Grill hit the headlines for its approach to dining. Some of the high-fat meals on the menu contain as many as 10,000 calories. There is even a warning on the door that the food is bad for your health. Diners at the restaurant are called “patients” and the serving staff takes “prescriptions” as orders. Patients who weigh more than 158 kg get to eat for free. Mr Basso had a special TV commercial promoting his restaurant. He tells people: “I personally guarantee a stable upward progression of body weight.” The ad warns of possible side effects that include “repeated increase of wardrobe size, back pain, male breast growth, loss of sexual partners, tooth decay and…in some cases, mild death may occur”.