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Fascinating helpful article, but how typical were the patients with DCM and what does this tell us?
  1. Graham Stuart1,2 Associate Professor, Sports and Exercise Cardiology
  1. 1 Congenital Heart Unit, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Graham Stuart, Bristol Heart Institute, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol BS1 3NU, UK; graham.stuart{at}

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To the Editor

Thank you for such a helpful article.1 I am very interested in your dilated cardiomyopathy group—some of whom were exercising 8 hours per week with a mean of 4 hours. This suggests that they are a slightly unusual, highly motivated and ‘exercising’ group of cardiomyopathy patients. Can you elaborate on how you defined ‘exercise’ (intensity and years …

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