Indiana Cardiologists Sued Over Unnecessary Procedures

Lawsuit alleges the doctors unnecessarily implanted pacemakers and performed unnecessary open-heart surgery and angiograms

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Three northwest Indiana cardiologists are the targets of 19 lawsuits and a complaint filed with the attorney general’s office, according to three law firms.

The lawsuits charge Drs. Arvind Gandhi, S. Makam and Wail Asfour, who all practice at Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana and Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., the Post-Tribune is reporting,

It alleges they unnecessarily implanted pacemakers and other devices, causing death from those implants and performing unnecessary open-heart surgery and angiograms, statements from the plaintiffs’ attorneys charge.

Some of the plaintiffs include the families of three patients who died, according to the statements.

Gandhi was also named in two other lawsuits filed earlier this year by plaintiffs Raymond Kammer and Gloria Sargent.

Barry Rooth, one of the attorneys involved, questioned Community Hospital’s involvement with the doctors and why it hadn’t acted after “initial warnings.”

A representative for Rooth’s law firm, Theodoros & Rooth, said the cases were all filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance, and the Indiana Attorney General’s office has filed a complaint.

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