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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.
Miller AJ, Kaplan BM. Exercise Testing in Hypertensive Patients-Reply. JAMA. 1984;251(3):343. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270025019
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