Heart Attack Grill heart attack: What does restaurant owner have to say?

A man -- not the man who suffered from heart attack symptoms -- eats a burger from the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. CBS

Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas
A man - not the man who suffered from heart attack symptoms - eats a burger from the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.
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(CBS) The Heart Attack Grill saw its name in action yesterday when a diner suffered a heart attack at the restaurant. The man was eating a 6,000-calorie Triple Bypass Burger at the Las Vegas branch of the restaurant, HealthPop reported. Moments later, he was wheeled out of the restaurant after a waitress - dressed as a nurse, as part of the restaurant's gimmick - called 911.

At the restaurant, owner Jon Basso calls himself "Dr. John" and his waitresses "nurses." Diners wear hospital gowns. The restaurant's slogan is "A taste worth dying for."

CBS This Morning sat down with the "doc" himself - and what did he have to say? "Who doesn't want to risk a little danger once in a while?"

"I'm here to tell you straight up that I'm here to make a buck," Basso said. "Anything that's legal that you want to eat or drink that's fun, that enriches your life at the moment, I will sell it to you. If I could put danger back into hamburgers, all the better."

A cell phone video of the man suffering a heart attack was quickly posted online after the incident while tourists snapped pictures. According to Basso, "Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that."

Although the burgers containing thousands of calories are certainly no good for one's health, cardiologist Dr. Sohail Anjum told CBS News, "I don't think hamburger bite or eating a whole hamburger can give you a heart attack."

The heart attack - and Heart Attack Grill - spotlights America's growing obesity epidemic. Obesity increases risk for numerous health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, sleep problems, and osteoarthritis.

  • Monica DyBuncio

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