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January 20, 1984

Exercise Testing in Hypertensive Patients-Reply

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1984;251(3):343. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270025019

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In Reply.—  We appreciate the thoughtful comments of Dr Prichard and colleagues. Their group has had extensive experience in the treatment of hypertension and has pioneered the use of β-blockers for its treatment. The simple exercise test described by them certainly makes sense, although it does not allow for checking the blood pressure during exercise and is probably a less effective research method than the simple three minutes on a treadmill at zero elevation and 3-mph speed that we described.The important conclusion from the experience of both of our groups is the same: exercise is an important test of the effectiveness of blood pressure control in hypertensive patients.