Cardiovascular Technologist

Cardiovascular Technologist Training

cardiovascular technologistA cardiovascular technologist provides assistance to a physician in areas of medical practice relating to the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular technology work divides into a number of areas, with a significant distinction between invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Cardiovascular technologists who assist in invasive techniques such as cardiac catheterization and angioplasty are known as cardiology technologists.

Vascular technologists employ technology such as ultrasound to perform non-invasive analysis of the circulation and cardiac sonographers use similar techniques to examine the heart.

Electrocardiograph technicians (or EKG technicians) take electrocardiogram readings as part of a check-up or diagnostic procedure. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a cardiovascular technician or technologist then you should have an eye for detail, be reliable, and have the right personality for relaxing patients who may well be anxious.

Training and Qualifications

Training for a post as an EKG cardiovascular technician can be achieved by successful completion of a one-year certificate program. If your program includes Holter monitoring and stress testing it will improve your job prospects. The usual route to gaining a qualification as a cardiovascular technologist is to earn an associate degree in cardiovascular technology, electrocardiograph technology, or cardiopulmonary technology.

Program content will vary, but you should expect to study courses on invasive and non-invasive testing of the heart and circulation system, and the administration of treatment under the supervision of a physician. Other courses will cover equipment maintenance and preparation, patient preparation, and keeping records.

Job Outlook

Most cardiovascular technology posts are to be found in hospitals and clinics. Because people are, on average, living longer, a higher incidence of heart conditions means that the job outlook for the well-trained cardiovascular technologist or cardiovascular technician should be very good.