Feds: Doctor directed physicians to falsify results of patients’ heart tests

Written By BY MONIFA THOMAS Health Reporter Posted: 04/20/2014, 12:25am

A doctor at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge directed others to falsify results of a heart test to get patients into a medical study, federal officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Parag Patel, a cardiologist at Advocate Lutheran General, allegedly told attending physicians to reassess patients’ scores of their left ventricular ejection fraction, so the patients could be enrolled in the “Vest Prevention of Early Sudden Death” (VEST) when they otherwise might not have qualified, according to the Federal Register.

It was not immediately known how many patients’ scores were affected.

Patel agreed in a settlement to have his research supervised for two years. He admitted no wrongdoing, the Federal Register said.

Neither Patel or Advocate Health could immediately be reached for comment.

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