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CardioDynamics Announces Significant ICG Study with Nearly Three Times the National Average Blood Pressure Control Rates at the American Society for Hypertension Annual Scientific Meeting
Date:5/15/2008

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Mark Couch, M.D., President, PriMed Physicians, stated, "According to JNC-7 national guidelines and several other studies, approximately 31% to 34% of patients who have the diagnosis of hypertension are actually achieving goal blood pressure. Our group's baseline, pre-intervention results demonstrated that 42% of our patients were at or better than the JNC-7 goal blood pressures. This rate, while better than the national average, left great room for improvement. We are extremely pleased with the 88% control rates we have achieved and the fact that we appear to lead the nation in managing this very highly important disease. Our internal Six Sigma studies have repeatedly confirmed that the use of ICG was a significant tool to assist our physicians and patients to achieve blood pressure goal. Conversely, the achievement of goal blood pressure was significantly impeded when this test was not used on hypertensive patients. Therefore, we have adopted a policy as a group that our physicians shall use the Hypertension Process, including ICG, when the patient's blood pressure is not at goal."

Multiple classes of antihypertensive medications have been identified, and more than 100 medications are available for the treatment of high blood pressure. However, improved blood pressure control has remained an elusive target despite great public and physician awareness and a large armament of antihypertensive medications with proven benefit. The number of available drugs and co-morbidities creates difficult blood pressure management decisions, especially in the patient with long-standing hypertension. ICG has emerged as a valuable new tool for diagnostic and prognostic assessment in hypertensive patients to aid therapeutic decision making.

"These are impressive, real-world results, nearly three times the national average, across a 65-plus multi-specialty physician group practice," stated Michael K. Perry, CardioDynamics' Chief Executive Officer. "T
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