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New Discoveries on a Fingertip Test for Screening Silent Heart Disease Promising Results of Recent Clinical Studies to be Presented during the 2009 American College of Cardiology Conference, March 29th - April 1st in Orlando
Date:3/27/2009

jority (over 70%) of them would not have been classified as high risk. This clearly illustrates the shortcomings of the status quo (Problem 1). The other half of heart attacks happens in patients with known heart disease, who were believed to be on adequate treatments. This illustrates the inadequacy of existing methods of monitoring patients' response to treatments (Problem 2).

Current methods for screening and early detection of CVD include blood tests for measurement of traditional risk factors (such as high cholesterol) or advanced, non-invasive imaging techniques such as CAT scan and MRI. While traditional risk factors are good for long-term prediction of future CVD, they do not assess the state of an individual's vascular health. Moreover, advanced imaging modalities are costly (e.g., MRI) or pose hazardous radiation (e.g., CT scan); therefore, they cannot be used frequently (weekly or monthly).

"I am amazed by the predictive power that VENDYS has shown in these studies," said Dr. Harvey Hecht, Chairman of Endothelix Scientific Advisory Board and Director of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute. "In terms of sensitivity and specificity for the detection of high risk patients, its area under the ROC curve is well above all traditional risk factors put together. If these findings are corroborated by others, it will be the first non-imaging test that has exhibited a predictive value close to that of imaging tests, which obviously are far more expensive and less suitable for mass screening. I am so impressed that I have personally incorporated VENDYS into my office practice, and I believe it can improve risk assessment in patients with low to intermediate Framingham risk."

About Endothelix

Endothelix Inc. is based in Houston, Texas. The company is positioned as the first to incorporate non-invasive, non-imaging vascular and neurovascular function monitoring techn
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