New Cardiac Assessment Lab Asks the Question “Do You Have Hidden Exercise Risk?”

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New Jersey lab takes a new approach to rigorous exercise pre-screening. By combining an exercise physiology lab with a non-invasive cardiology lab, the Cardiac Edge can provide a more realistic evaluation of exercise goals and the ability to reach them safely.

Routine screening by a physician may not go far enough to assess the potential risks associated with rigorous exercise

Each year people hear about the death of amateur and professional athletes who were just doing what they love best–exercising. According to Dr. Joel Jacowitz, MD FACC, a significant number of these deaths might have been avoided if a specific series of tests had been given to reveal potential cardiac risks that could prove life threatening. Armed with this knowledge, Dr. Jacowitz has opened a practice dedicated to identifying these risk factors before they can kill. This past October, he opened The Cardiac Edge.

“I founded The Cardiac Edge because I love exercising and routine screening by a physician may not go far enough to assess the potential risks associated with rigorous exercise,” says Dr. Jacowitz. The Cardiac Edge’s lab in Emerson, New Jersey is equipped with state of the art equipment that combines the resources of an exercise physiology lab with a non-invasive cardiology lab. “By combining the 2 practices, we can perform more thorough testing and we are also able to give the athletes of any ability or new exercisers a more realistic evaluation of their goals and their ability to reach them.” Dr. Jacowitz continues, “Ultimately we want them to have peace of mind and be successful in reaching their goal.” (

Testing at The Cardiac Edge is performed under Dr. Jacowitz’s supervision. “The foundation for any pre-screening for rigorous exercise is a detailed family history, personal medical history and medical exam followed by a discussion of your short and long term goals. The results of this interview dictate the most efficient series of tests that will provide knowledge of fitness level and potential for improvement. If a significant cardiovascular issue is discovered, this may impact any exercise program and warrant additional testing,” Dr. Jacowitz explains.

The Cardiac Edge opened October 2011 in Emerson, New Jersey. Under the direction of Board Certified Cardiologist, Joel Jacowitz, MD FACC, The Cardiac Edge evaluates novice exercisers, experienced exercisers, and athletes at any level to help them to achieve a more complete understanding of their inherent capabilities while minimizing their cardiac risk. The ultimate goal is to encourage an active lifestyle that reduces cardiovascular risk and enhances an individual’s quality of life and sense of well-being.


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