Cardiac Science and Benco Dental Partner to Distribute Powerheart AEDs

Benco Dental Places Powerheart AEDs in its 40 Showrooms Nationwide

BOTHELL, WA and HANOVER PARK, IL, -- Cardiac Science Corporation [Nasdaq: CSCX], a global leader in advanced cardiac monitoring and external defibrillation products, and Benco Dental, the nation's fastest-growing independent distributor of dental products and equipment, announced today an agreement under which Benco Dental will sell and distribute Cardiac Science’s Powerheart® automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to dental practices nationwide.

To launch the partnership, Benco Dental has purchased a Powerheart AED for each one of its 40 regional showrooms to protect employees and guests and educate its customers on the importance of these life saving devices.

“More and more, dentists are attentive to the risk of a patient or employee suffering from cardiac arrest in their offices,” said Charles Cohen, president, Benco Dental. “This risk is very real, caused by the stress and fear many people have before a dental exam, the sedation required for some procedures, and demographic changes that are bringing more elderly patients into the practice for, in many cases, surgical procedures.

“We believe the Powerheart AED is ideal for dental practices,” continued Mr. Cohen. “Powerheart’s voice prompts are clear, easy to follow and consistent with the American Heart Association’s latest CPR guidelines.  The device’s daily diagnostic self-test ensures that the device will be ready when needed for a rescue, and its waveform technology customizes the level of energy needed during the rescue, depending on the victim’s individual needs.  We are delighted to offer such a quality, valuable product to our to our growing client base.”

“Access to defibrillation in the dentist’s office protects both patients and employees,” said Garry Norris, Cardiac Science’s vice president of marketing. “With the State of Florida’s mandate that all dental offices have an AED, as well as the American Dental Association’s recommendation that all offices be so equipped, this is becoming more and more apparent.  We are honored that Benco Dental, a leading distributor of dental products and services with more than 20,000 customers, has recognized the advantages of the Powerheart AED and decided to partner with us. We look forward to working with them and expanding the presence of AEDs in dental practices, nationwide.”

About Powerheart
Powerheart brand automated external defibrillators provide reliable, safe, and easy to use cardiac monitoring and defibrillation technology. Powerheart AEDs feature RHYTHMx™ software which detects abnormal heart rhythms, determines whether they are life-threatening, and only delivers a shock when needed. Powerheart AEDs also feature the patented RescueReady® technology, which automatically tests the device on a frequent basis to ensure continued functionality. Powerheart’s STAR® Biphasic Waveform Technology provides levels of escalating energy customized to the patient.  Powerheart AEDs are used by hospitals, police and fire departments, as well as many public access facilities including major corporations, public agencies, airlines and airports, arenas, schools, hotels, casinos and consumers. For more information about Powerheart, go to

About Benco Dental
Benco Dental is the nation's fastest-growing independent dental distributor, selling supplies, equipment, and consulting services. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, PA and serves over 20,000 dental practices and laboratories in 31 states. Founded in 1930 and focused on a unique mission to "deliver the Benco Difference: be accountable, create Benco boosters, grow customer earnings and continually improve," Benco Dental's industry-leading products and programs include: the BluChip® Buying Club, dentistry's original and most rewarding customer loyalty program; Painless® AI™ (Artificial Intelligence™), a cutting-edge electronic ordering and product selection system; Insite™ dental office design; BencoNET™ digital imaging and operatory integration systems; Transitions Group™ practice development consulting; and the best-trained sales and service team in the business. The toll-free order line is 1-800-GO BENCO. Visit Benco Dental online at

About Cardiac Science Corporation
Cardiac Science is truly at the heart of saving lives. The Company develops, manufactures, and markets a family of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology devices and systems, including AEDs, electrocardiographs, stress test systems, Holter monitoring systems, hospital defibrillators, cardiac rehabilitation telemetry systems, patient monitor - defibrillators and cardiology data management systems. Cardiac Science also sells a variety of related products and consumables, and provides a comprehensive portfolio of training, maintenance and support services. The Company is the successor to various entities that have owned and operated cardiology-related businesses that sold products under the trusted brand names Burdick®, Powerheart®, and Quinton®. Cardiac Science is headquartered in Bothell, WA, and also has operations in Lake Forest, California; Deerfield, Wisconsin; Shanghai, China and Manchester, United Kingdom.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” anticipate,” variations of such words, and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking.  Forward looking statements in this press release include those that infer or imply that our distribution partner will successfully display, promote and distribute our AEDs, that our Powerheart AED products will be successful in the marketplace, and that this agreement will increase our sales and profits derived from our AEDs and our other products. These statements, including their underlying assumptions, are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Results may differ due to various factors such as the possibility that the distribution relationship described in this release may be modified or terminated early; that the distribution partner may not generate sales of our AEDs to the extent expected; or that sales of our AEDs may fall short of projections due to unforeseen developments. Other risk factors that could cause or contribute to such varying results are described in our annual report for the year ended December 31, 2005, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The statements in this press release speak as of the date of the release, and Cardiac Science Corporation undertakes no duty or obligation to update the information provided herein.

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