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To the Editor.—
This is in reply to Hershberg's LETTER concerning our report on procedure, safety, and litigation experience in exercise tests.We attempted to present in straightforward, descriptive, and quantitative terms the results of a questionnaire survey. We resisted as much as possible interpretation and conclusions from the data.Hershberg stated categorically that "... only ten of the 16 reported deaths were in any way a result of the tests." We regret that we had not the advantage of divination, which would have spared us the trouble of a detailed review of the reported deaths.Hershberg said also that "most [of the exercise test subjects] had suffered recent pain in the chest or similar complaints. The mean age of these individuals was probably 50 years (or possibly older)." We did not obtain this information in our questionnaire or report it in our article, and preferred not to speculate.Hershberg stated
Blackburn H, Rochmis P. Exercise Tests. JAMA. 1972;219(4):513. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190300049023