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Prospective Patient Registry Demonstrates the Corus® CAD Test Score Impacts Real-World Clinical Decision-Making in Patients Presenting with Symptoms Suggestive of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

May 18, 2015

- Patients with Low Corus CAD Test Scores Had an 82% Decreased Odds for Further, Potentially Unnecessary Referral for Further Cardiac Evaluation -

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 18, 2015 – CardioDx, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company specializing in cardiovascular genomics, announced today results from a multi-center, community-based patient registry, the PRESET Registry, evaluating the use of the Corus® CAD test in patients with symptoms suggestive of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD)* in the primary care setting. The Corus CAD test is a blood-based test that integrates age, sex, and gene expression levels into a single score indicating the current likelihood of a significant narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries. Published online as an abstract in the May 2015 supplement of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the study found that patients with low Corus CAD test scores had an 82% decreased odds of referral for further cardiac evaluation.1

"Data from recent studies suggest that physicians have a challenging time accurately risk stratifying patients presenting with stable symptoms suggestive of obstructive CAD," said Joseph A. Ladapo, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Population Health and Medicine, NYU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "Our analysis of the PRESET Registry demonstrates that using the score that incorporates age, sex, and gene expression in a primary care setting in patients with symptoms suggestive of obstructive CAD can help clinicians safely and efficiently rule-out low-risk patients."

The registry study, "Primary Endpoint Results from a Community-Based Registry Evaluating the Use of a Blood-Based Age/Sex/Gene Expression Test in Patients Presenting with Symptoms Suggestive of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: the PRESET Registry (A Registry to Evaluate Patterns of Care Associated with the Use of Corus CAD in Real World Clinical Care Settings)," evaluated 718 stable, nonacute adult patients without a history of obstructive CAD from 21 primary care practices from September 2012 to August 2014.

The analysis of the primary efficacy endpoint indicated that the adoption of the Corus CAD test into the clinical practice setting was associated with a clinically relevant and statistically significant impact on medical decision making in patients presenting with typical or atypical symptoms suggestive of CAD. The median test score was 18 (range: 1-40), and 310 of the 718 (43%) patients had low scores (≤15). In a 30-day follow up, 27 of 310 (9%) patients with low Corus CAD scores were referred to cardiology or advanced diagnostic testing, while 143 of 408 (35%) patients with elevated scores were referred (OR 0.18, p<0.0001).

"This study is an important addition to the growing collection of clinical utility studies, on Corus CAD in cardiology and primary care. The PRESET Registry incorporated 21 clinical sites from community-based settings, adding to the generalizability of the previous study findings on the impact of the age, sex, gene expression score in clinician decision-making," said Mark Monane, M.D., FACP, Chief Medical Officer of CardioDx. "By integrating the Corus CAD test into the primary care setting and diagnostic workup, clinicians may decrease potentially unnecessary referral of low risk patients to cardiology or further cardiac testing, thus reducing patient exposure to unnecessary procedural risks and avoiding additional costs to the healthcare system."

About Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a very common heart condition in the United States. One in six deaths among Americans is caused by CAD.2 CAD can cause a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries (vessels to the heart that supply the heart with blood, oxygen, and nutrients), reducing blood flow to the heart muscle. This narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries is often referred to as obstructive CAD, characterized by the presence of atherosclerosis, or plaque.

About the Corus CAD Test

Corus CAD is the first and only commercially available blood test that can safely and conveniently help primary care clinicians and cardiologists assess whether or not a stable non-diabetic patient's symptoms may be due to obstructive coronary artery disease. The test incorporates age, sex and gene expression measurements into a single score that indicates the likelihood of obstructive CAD. Clinicians use the Corus CAD score, along with other clinical information, to determine whether further cardiac testing is necessary, which can help patients avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation associated with medical imaging testing, as well as possible reactions to imaging dyes and/or potential complications from invasive cardiac tests requiring catheterization. The test involves a routine blood draw that is conveniently administered in the clinician's office. The Corus CAD test is the only sex-specific test for the evaluation of obstructive CAD because it accounts for cardiovascular differences between men and women.

The test has been clinically validated in independent male and female patient cohorts, including two prospective, multicenter U.S. studies, PREDICT and COMPASS.3,4 In the COMPASS study, the Corus CAD test outperformed myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) as a diagnostic tool to exclude obstructive CAD by demonstrating a higher negative predictive value (96% vs. 88%, p<0.001) than MPI for assessing the presence of obstructive CAD.5 To date, over 100,000 Corus CAD test results have been provided to clinicians. CardioDx processes all Corus CAD test samples at its CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited clinical laboratory in Redwood City, California.

The Corus CAD test has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Awards, honored as a Gold Edison Award recipient, and named one of TIME's Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs.

About CardioDx

CardioDx, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company specializing in cardiovascular genomics, is committed to developing clinically validated tests that empower clinicians to better tailor care to each individual patient. Strategically focused on coronary artery disease, CardioDx is committed to expanding patient access and improving healthcare quality and efficiency through the commercialization of genomic technologies. Please visit www.cardiodx.com for additional information.


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* Obstructive CAD is defined as at least one atherosclerotic plaque causing ≥50% luminal diameter stenosis in a major coronary artery (≥1.5 mm lumen diameter) as determined by invasive quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) or coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) (≥2.0 mm).

  1. Ladapo JA, Budoff M, Ross L, et al. Primary Endpoint Results from a Community-Based Registry Evaluating the Use of a Blood-Based Age/Sex/Gene Expression Test in Patients Presenting with Symptoms Suggestive of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: the PRESET Registry (A Registry to Evaluate Patterns of Care Associated with the Use of Corus® CAD in Real World Clinical Care Settings). Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015;8:A142.
  2. Go SO, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2013 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013;127(1):e6-e245.
  3. Thomas GS, Voros S, McPherson JA, et al. A Blood-Based Gene Expression Test for Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease Tested in Symptomatic Nondiabetic Patients Referred for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: The COMPASS Study. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2013;6(2):154-162.
  4. Rosenberg S, Elashoff MR, Beineke P, et al. Multicenter Validation of the Diagnostic Accuracy of a Blood-Based Gene Expression Test for Assessing Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Nondiabetic Patients. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:425-434.
  5. The COMPASS study demonstrated that the Corus CAD algorithm has an NPV of 96% at the pre-specified threshold of 15 in a population of men and women referred to MPI.

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