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February 21, 2001

Abnormal Heart Rate Recovery and Risk of Death—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(7):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.879

In Reply: Mr Yoder and Dr Schwartz raise 2 concerns about our findings that HRR and DTES both independently predict all-cause mortality among patients referred for exercise electrocardiography. First, they propose that the study would have been more clinically useful if we had studied cardiac-specific end points like "cardiac death" and nonfatal myocardial infarction. Second, they argue that without knowing the cause of death associated with an abnormal heart rate recovery, the practical value of our findings is unclear.

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