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  1. S W Parry1,
  2. N Steen2,
  3. R S Bexton3,
  4. M Tynan3,
  5. R A Kenny4
  1. 1
    Falls and Syncope Service, and Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE, UK
  2. 2
    Institute of Health and Society, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7DN, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Cardiology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK
  4. 4
    Trinity College, College Green, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr S W Parry, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Falls and Syncope Service, and Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE, UK; steve.parry{at}nuth.nhs.uk

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We thank Solbiati et al for their thoughtful comments on our paper.1 They wonder whether possible selection differences compared to two previous unblinded studies2,3 influenced our results. Certainly is it impossible to be certain that the characteristics of the patients in our study are exactly the same as those in similar studies but that was not the purpose of our research. It is true that the death rate observed in this study (4/34, 12%) was higher than expected …

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