2nd patron collapses at Heart Attack Grill

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(USA TODAY) - Forget man bites dog.

In a bizarre "woman bites burger" tale, a patron of a Las Vegas diner infamous for its calorie-laden menu and waitresses in medical garb has suffered an apparent heart attack there - the second medical incident since February.

Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso told Vegas' KVVU that the woman collapsed while eating a "double bypass" burger Saturday night; she was rushed to a hospital and is expected to recover. In mid-February, a man had an apparent heart attack while chowing down on a 6,000-calorie "triple bypass" version.

The chain's slogan is "a burger to die for." It gives free meals to people over 350 pounds, and a sign reads "Caution: This establishment is bad for your health," notes the Associated Press.

The 8,000-calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger, with four half-pound beef patties, eight slices of American cheese, a whole tomato and half an onion served in a lard-coated bun, been called one of the "world's worst junk foods." Other menu items include butterfat milkshakes and "flatliner fries" cooked in lard.

After the first incident, the AP reports, the Washington, D.C.-based Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said they sent a letter to the Heart Attack Grill's owner, asking him to "declare moral bankruptcy" and close the restaurant.

Susan Levin, the group's director of nutrition education, said the incident should be a wake-up call that "bypass operations aren't funny."

 

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