Cardiovascular Technicians

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

3700+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

Common job titles of Cardiovascular Technicians include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 62.9% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 12.85% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

Tasks

    Prepare and position patients for testing.

    Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.

    Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.

    Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.

    Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.

    Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.

    Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.

    Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.

    Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.

    Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.

    Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students.

    Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies or equipment.

    Transcribe, type, and distribute reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.

    Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.

    Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.

    Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, or cerebral circulation.

    Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.

    Set up 24-hour Holter and event monitors, scan and interpret tapes, and report results to physicians.

    Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.

    Assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac or peripheral vascular treatments, such as implanting pacemakers or assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages.

    Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels.

    Enter factors, such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.

    Assist surgeons with vascular procedures, such as preparing balloons and stents.

    Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.

    Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment.

Tools

X ray machines

Wave wires

Ventricular demand pacemakers

Venipuncture needles

Vena caval filters

Vector-cardiographs

Ultracentrifuges

All Tools

Transseptal sheaths

Transluminal extraction catheters

Tourniquets

Thermodilution cardiac output computers

Thermal printers

Therapeutic treadmill exercisers

Tablet computers

Swan Ganz artery catheters

Suture devices

Surgical trays/tables

Sterile blood lancets

Spirometers

Silicone lead end caps

Scan converters

Rotoblators

Rheolytic thrombectomy systems

Radiofrequency ablation catheters

Radi pressure wires

Pressure tubing

Pressure injectors

Portable electrocardiography EKG machines

Plethysmography machines

Physiological monitoring and analysis systems

Personal computers

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty PTCA equipment

Pacing generators

Pacemakers

Pacemaker analyzers

Oxygen therapy systems

Oximeters

Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters

Notebook computers

Nitric oxide administration equipment

NIH catheters

Myocardial biopsy forceps

Miller catheters

Microscopes

Mercury sphygmomanometers

Medrad injectors

Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS

Mechanical thrombolytic devices

Mechanical stethoscopes

Light meters

Light and sound machines

Lead collars

Lead aprons

Lasers

Laser printers

Laboratory microscopes

Intravenous IV tubing

Intravenous IV syringes

Intravenous IV locks

Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP

Indeflators

Image storage systems

Image capturing and transmission systems

Holter monitors

Hemodynamic monitors

Heart probes

Heart catheters

Guidewires

Grollmann catheters

Glucometers

Fluoroscopes

Film processing equipment

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Electronic stethoscopes

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG units

Electrocardiography EKG tape reading scanners

Electrocardiography EKG electrodes

Dual chamber pacemakers

Distal embolic protection devices

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment

Desktop computers

Defibrillators

Defense digital imaging network-picture archiving and communications systems DIN-PACS

Coronary stents

Contrast power injectors

Computerized lung analyzers

Coagulation testing equipment

Chemical sterilizers

Central venous catheters

Caval filters

Cardiovascular catheter sheaths

Cardio-page writers

C-clamps

Brockenbrough needles

Brachial artery needles

Blood gas analyzers

Blood collection syringes

Bird’s nest inferior vena caval filters

Balloon catheters

Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator AICD implants

Automated external defibrillators AED

Arterial line stop-cocks

Angiojets

Activated clotting time ACT lab equipment

3, 4, and 5 stopcock manifolds

Technologies

JavaScript

MEDITECH software

Diagnostic image review software

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM-compatible image acquisition and integration software products

Electronic medical record EMR software

Hypertext preprocessor PHP

Information systems integration software

All Technologies

Internet or intranet image distribution software

Pyxis MedStation software

Smart Digital Holter Monitor

Structured data entry software

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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