Technologists perform diagnostic and therapeutic examinations of the heart
and blood vessels under the direction of a licensed physician. They may
specialize in invasive cardiology, noninvasive cardiology, or noninvasive
peripheral vascular study. Cardiovascular technologists are responsible
for reviewing and recording patient medical histories and other supporting
clinical data. They also prepare patients for testing by cleaning and
shaving areas of skin and administering anesthesia. Through their testing
and sampling, cardiovascular technologists compile a foundation of data
that is interpreted by physicians in order to make a correct anatomic,
physiologic, and pathologic diagnosis for each patient. During these
procedures they also monitor the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate
and are trained to react to any emergency situation that should arise.
Cardiovascular technologists must be able to use their discretion and
judgment in the performance of their diagnostic and therapeutic duties.
Individuals interested in this health profession should be able to work
well under stress and be able to adapt well to changing situations. They
should also enjoy working with high-tech equipment that demands precision
The majority of
cardiovascular technologist work in hospitals, but other employment
opportunities exist in physicians’ offices, educational facilities,
medical centers, noninvasive cardiovascular laboratories,
electrophysiology laboratories, and mobile diagnostic units.
High School Preparation:
students interested in a career as a cardiovascular technologist should
take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology,
health occupations/medical professions education, computer skills,
English, algebra, and geometry.
interested in a career in cardiovascular technology must have a high
school diploma or the equivalent. Programs vary in length from one to four
years depending on previous clinical experience and number of areas of
diagnostic evaluation selected: invasive cardiology, noninvasive
cardiology, or noninvasive peripheral vascular study.
Graduates from an
accredited program are eligible to obtain professional certification in
cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, and
cardiographic techniques from Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
Cardiac sonographers and vascular technologists also may obtain
certification from the American Registry
interested in cardiovascular technology should contact schools for
information on admission and course of study.
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opportunities for cardiovascular technologists are expected to grow faster
than the average for all other occupations. There will be an expansion of
between 20% - 35% in job opportunities over the next ten years. The
rapidly aging baby-boom generation will cause most of the growth in this
sector because they will need more diagnostic work as they get older.
There is also added emphasis on cardiac diagnostic procedures due to the
fact that heart related illnesses are responsible for a large number of
deaths each year. There will also be job openings due to current
cardiovascular professionals retiring or leaving the field for other
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