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We are grateful to Dr Stuart1 for his interest in our paper.2 We agree entirely that our dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cohort were indeed highly selected. Most individuals with DCM do not have the capacity to exercise intensively and would not fit in the differential diagnosis of an athlete’s heart with borderline or mildly reduced left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction. For the purposes of this study, we sought to identify individuals with a mild form of DCM who were motivated to and could exercise intensively for a prolonged …
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Contributors LMM and SS drafted the letter. All the other authors contributed to the revisions.
Funding LMM, HD, AMa and GF were funded by research grants from Cardiac Risk in the Young. AD'S and AMe were funded by research grants from the British Heart Foundation.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, conduct, reporting or dissemination plans of this research.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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