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Local Medicare Contractors Expand Hypertension Coverage for CardioDynamics' BioZ(R) ICG Technology
Date:8/19/2007

Positive Local Coverage Changes Affect Region with Higher Incidence of

Hypertension in United States

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CardioDynamics (Nasdaq: CDIC), the innovator and leader of BioZ(R) impedance cardiography (ICG) technology, today announced that two contractors for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made changes to their coverage policies that allowed expanded coverage of ICG for patients with high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension. The involved local contractors provide coverage for patients in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. These states are known for having higher rates of hypertension in the United States and have struggled to find innovative means of treating and controlling hypertensive patients. The new local coverage allows treatment for resistant hypertension (uncontrolled blood pressure on three or more drugs) and complements the currently covered national indications, including heart failure, shortness of breath, and pacemaker optimization.

The changes in local coverage allowing ICG hypertension coverage occurred after a November 2006 CMS decision not to expand ICG hypertension coverage to a national indication. The Company believes the CONTROL Trial, along with evidence from 22 additional studies including over 2,300 subjects, were major factors for the expanded local coverage. Favorable clinical evidence was published in 2006 from the multi-center CONTROL trial, which demonstrated that use of BioZ(R) ICG led to an 8 mm Hg greater systolic blood pressure reduction and 7 mm Hg greater diastolic blood pressure reduction than standard care. Patients being treated with BioZ(R)-assisted therapy were 35% more likely to reach goal blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg and more than two times as likely to achieve a more aggressive blood pressure control of less than 130/85 mm Hg. The CONTROL trial was the second randomized contro
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