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

lled hypertension trial demonstrating notably improved blood pressure control results when BioZ(R) ICG was used to direct therapy. The Company believes that these trials represent a strong, evidence-based rationale for local Medicare coverage expansion.

"We are encouraged by the recent changes by two local Medicare contractors that allow hypertension coverage for our ICG technology. After CMS decided against a national indication for hypertension coverage, but allowed contractor discretion, we set out to work with the local contractors to garner coverage for this important indication. We are pleased that the clinical evidence was objectively evaluated and resulted in a positive outcome for the Medicare patients who suffer from hypertension in these states," stated Michael K. Perry, Chief Executive Officer of CardioDynamics.

"A Medicare patient who does not already have high blood pressure has a 90% chance of developing it before they die. The results of the CONTROL trial, along with the previous results from the Mayo Clinic and other clinical studies, provide compelling evidence that ICG is effective at helping physicians improve their patients' blood pressure control," stated renowned hypertension specialist Carlos Ferrario, M.D., Director of Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Principal Investigator of the CONTROL study. "The Southeastern United States has the highest rates of uncontrolled hypertension in the United States. We believe that allowing coverage of ICG for hypertension improves patient outcomes in a cost-effective manner."

Hypertension affects roughly 65 million Americans, is the most common reason adults visit their physicians, and costs the U.S. healthcare system over $63 billion annually. The long-term benefits of blood pressure reductions of as little as 2 mm Hg are well known and have been proven to significantly reduce the risk of stroke, coronary artery disease, heart failur
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