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5/22/98
Computerized Healthcare System Raises Expectations and Results in Hypertension Treatment

In 1991, Richard O’Reilly of the Los Angeles Times featured a new, "professional-quality" computerized blood pressure monitoring system in his column, "Computer File." This system, called the DynaPulse, "is considerably more sophisticated than the typical $50 home blood pressure testing device," O’Reilly reported. The DynaPulse is the key product of San Diego-based company Pulse Metric Inc. (PMI), who aim to provide detailed and accurate blood pressure measurements through this user-friendly and affordable system. When installed in a PC or Macintosh, the DynaPulse allows users to measure, chart, save, and print out results for further consultation. In particular, the print-outs and saved measurements provide an invaluable source of information for doctors treating the users. Over the past years, the success of the DynaPulse system in aiding participants of on-going hypertension management programs bespeaks the advantages of the DynaPulse at all levels, from specialized care to daily home usage.

Two DynaPulse users, who informed PMI of their experiences, demonstrate the beneficial results made possible by PMI’s technology. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most easily noted symptoms of a potential heart attack; the DynaPulse, with its ability to measure blood pressure, map waveform patterns (the patterns of heart beats), and graph data over time, allowed Tony Cowan of Los Angeles, CA, and Edward Molin of Irving, TX to anticipate possible heart failure and receive proper treatment before the situation grew more life-threatening. Both Cowan and Molin contacted PMI after their heart attacks and described their individual cases.

Cowan purchased a DynaPulse system in April 1993; that month, he began tracking his blood pressure, saving data, and keeping records of his circumstances. In his notes, which the program allows users to add to any measurement, Cowan detailed his general state of health, exercise habits, and medications. In December, Cowan’s measurements began to reflect a slight increase in his blood pressure, yet his heart beat waveform remained regular. (An irregular heart waveform, arrhythmia, is another symptom of potential heart attacks. Electrocardiograph (ECG) uses electrical charge signals of the heart to recognize arrhythmia, yet in Cowan’s case, there was no irregularity, and therefore, an ECG would not have picked up his deteriorating condition.) On 11 December 1993, Cowan’s blood pressure skyrocketed and, on 12 December, he underwent cardiac bypass surgery at a local hospital. The measurements taken on the DynaPulse system assisted Cowan and his physicians before and after the surgery; using the charts of his blood pressure measurements, Cowan followed his blood pressure trends and quickly became aware of changes.

Molin relied upon the heart beat waveform graphs, in addition to the numbers. In July 1997, Molin experienced heartburn that would not dissipate even with treatment. He used his DynaPulse to take a reading; the results convinced him to head straight for the hospital. The waveform graph of his reading was completely erratic and irregular, thus signifying an arrhythmia. Understanding the potential threat of an arrhythmia, Molin went to the hospital, where he suffered a major heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery. In Molin’s situation, an ECG may have also picked up signs of the heart attack; however, ECG’s are normally only administered at a clinic or doctor’s office, whereas the DynaPulse reading results provided Molin with enough information, while still at home, to know that he was potentially in serious danger.

The successful and informative combination of blood pressure measurements (which includes systolic, diastolic, and pulse) and heart beats waveform graphs with each reading on the DynaPulse results in the ability for patients, as well as doctors, to fully understand, collect data, and enhance hypertension treatment. In addition to home users, over 1000 pharmacists in North America have recently implemented the DynaPulse system into their pharmacies, thereby advancing the recent trend towards pharmacy patient care. The cover story of American Druggist in May 1998 features one pharmacist, Brian Jensen, who started using the DynaPulse as a means of tracking the progress of his customers on hypertension medication.

Jensen, co-owner of The Medicine Shoppe and Lakeshore Apothacare in Two Rivers, WI, offers a pharmacy-level hypertension care program for his customers: they come for regular DynaPulse measurements, and he, in turn, maintains their records using the DynaPulse software (which, in the Clinical edition, can keep files on unlimited numbers of patients). The results, from the day-to-day numerical measurements created over time, are then used to determine the relative success of a customer’s current treatment program and decide on any recommended changes. Jensen runs a disease management program based out of his pharmacy that works alongside programs established by physicians. Jensen stressed the necessity of maintaining relationships with the customers’ physicians; he does not intend to replace visits to the physician, only increase the patient’s understanding of his/her health situation and assist the physician with quality data.

By keeping in close contact with physicians, Jensen has redefined the pharmacist’s role in health care and extended the value of pharmacy patient care. The importance of more and better information at an accessible location (e.g., the local pharmacy) has influenced even major health insurance companies, whom Jensen successfully bills for a portion of his program costs. With the DynaPulse, Jensen provides his customers a service previously non-existent—they receive comprehensive blood pressure analysis and the advice of a practiced pharmacist in regard to certain medication and treatment procedures. Additionally, physicians have now come to rely upon Jensen’s data as a means of furthering and bettering a patient’s hypertension management program.

The DynaPulse system raises the expectations and results of hypertension treatment by increasing the range of information provided by a blood pressure monitoring system. Users, in receiving both blood pressure figures and a visual representation of heart beat waveforms, are now more aware of changes and can report these changes to their physicians. The DynaPulse software uses the computer as a means of broadening one’s understanding of hypertension and providing concrete data to keep users up-to-date on their health status. Heart disease, considered the "number one killer in America," has no cure; Pulse Metric, Inc., through the creation and development of the DynaPulse system, extends our ability to predict and detect possible life-threatening health problems.

**** Jenny Chio 052298 ****


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8/28/07
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7/12/07
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4/25/07
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4/24/07
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4/23/07
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12/12/06
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12/01/06
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11/07/06
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1/10/06
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10/27/05
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10/25/05
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6/29/05
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9/25/04
More finding from Taiwan NTUH’s 12 years 3,602 adults CCC cohort Study – “Brachial Artery Resistance and Relation to Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Population at Risk of Atherosclerosis”

9/24/04
More finding from Taiwan NTUH’s 12 years 3,602 adults CCC cohort Study – “Brachial Artery Resistance and Relation to Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Population at Risk of Atherosclerosis”

9/23/04
“Brachial artery distensibility, obtained from DynaPulse, was a sub-clinical disease marker and associated with atherosclerotic risk factors…” – Report from Taiwan NTUH’s 12 years 3,602 adults CCC cohort Study.

4/02/04
Hypertension multiple drug therapy improves CAD and LVH patient's ECG ST-T change and DynaPulse hemodynamics - A study by Dr. Delgado, to be presented this year in May at ASH 19th Meeting, New York

3/26/04
Autoworkers at higher level noise exposure suffered with higher blood pressure as well as hearing loss - A new finding at National Taiwan University, Taiwan, ROC, using DynaPulse 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor

2/13/04
Combination hypertension drug therapy increased arterial distensibility (reduced stiffness) and might have enhanced cardio-protective effects ...

2/03/04
New Canadian Patent No. 2177842, Method and Apparatus for Treating Cardiovascular Pathologies (The Pulse Dynamic methodology) has been granted and received today.

1/23/04
New product announcement: DynaPulse-500G, An ultimate hemodynamic monitoring tool for managing heart failure (CHF) patients at home…

1/07/04
New era in healthcare, Internet patient monitoring, is here...

12/15/03
New DynaPulse Partner of Pulse Metric, Inc. to jointly develop the next generation home blood pressure monitor.

11/03/03
The DynaPulse Analysis Center (DAC) Partner Program – To jumpstart your organization’s online clinical assessment capabilities through a custom-built Internet/Database clinical application

10/31/03
New official China patent #125,783 received today! Come visit our AHA booth #1265, November 9-11 in Orlando, Florida, for a demo.

10/13/03
Invitation, to our AHA booth #1265, Nov. 9-11, Orlando, Florida, from Dr. Shiu-Shin Chio, Inventor of DynaPulse, and Chairman & Founder of Pulse Metric, Inc.

9/29/03
The American Society of Nephrology accepted two papers utilizing our Dynapulse 500G units and our Dynapulse Analysis Center (DAC) for their 36th annual meeting.

8/26/03
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7/23/03
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7/14/03
US patent, RE38,159 E, "Non-invasive Method and Apparatus for Diagnosing and Monitoring Aortic Valve Abnormalities, such as Aortic Regurgitation" has been issued on June 24, 2003.

6/06/03
Reimbursement Codes for DynaPulse technology.

5/27/03
“Non-invasive measures of distensibility are useful in measuring subclinical vascular changes related to arteriosclerosis” (AJH May 2003 paper - MJ Budoff, MD)

5/27/03
“Distensibility testing will become standard clinical practice in the future”, ASH May 2003 Meeting – M. Gutkin, MD

5/26/03
DynaPulse monitoring could be a valuable method to optimize bi-ventricular pacemaker settings (Response to NASPE May 2003 Meeting - SS Chio)

5/26/03
A new US patent, #6,540,687: “Method for Diagnosing, Monitoring and Treating Hypertension and Other Cardiac Problems” was granted – SS Chio

5/26/03
Pulse Metric, Inc. is supporting worldwide clinical research to fight against hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases – the “WHATOHL” Study

4/14/03
PMI is moving!

Our new address, effective April 25, 2003, will be:

Pulse Metric, Inc.
11526 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92121

Our DynaPulse Analysis Center will be temporarily unavailable on April 24 and 25.

2/05/03
New DynaPulse products, helps doctors with the management of hypertension and cardiac patients by making possible home monitoring.

1/21/03
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5/01/02
BOGALUSA Heart Study published the 4-year cohort study using DynaPulse to measure artery stiffness (distensibility)

4/08/02
University Hospitals of Cleveland Finds Significant Benefits of Noninvasive DynaPulse Home-Hemodynamic Monitoring Technology in Pilot Implementation

11/13/01
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9/11/01
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7/12/01
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7/06/01
Pulse Metric Scientists to Participate in 1st International Symposium On Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring

5/16/01
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3/16/01
New DynaPulse Internet Education Program. Click on the following link to view the PDF file.

12/21/00
Pulse Metric Joins with University of California, San Diego, to Test Clinical Value of Non-invasive DynaPulse Technology for Monitoring Heart Failure Patients

11/27/00
New versions of the DynaPulse software are now available!
If you own the DynaPulse 200M Home Monitor for Windows™ 95,98,2000 Pro and ME, please download the latest release (version 3.81.1).

11/27/00

Pulse Metric to Add Brachial Arterial Vascular Compliance Analysis Function to DynaPulse Non-invasive Blood Pressure Monitors.

Company Registers Added Feature with FDA in 510 (k) Notification

5/05/00
Research Abstracts, Based on DynaPulse Ambulatory BP Data, Accepted for Tenth European Meeting on Hypertension.

5/04/00
Pulse Metric Researchers to Present Findings on Arterial Distensibility at American Society of Hypertension Meeting

11/10/99
DynaPulse Blood Pressure Monitor Helps Researchers Gauge Arterial Flexibility

5/06/99
The PDAC Completed Another Important Study for the University of Pittsburgh

4/09/99
The PDAC Completes a Study for the BOGALUSA Heart Study for the Tulane University Center for Cardiovascular Health

3/18/99
PMI Has Formed a Joint Venture Partnership with Cardio-Metrics, Ltd.

11/17/98
Dr. Shiu-Shin Chio, the Founder of Pulse Metric, Inc. Received His Third US Patent on Pulse Dynamics

11/11/98
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9/15/98
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7/10/98
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5/22/98
Computerized Healthcare System Raises Expectations and Results in Hypertension Treatment