About the Department
Cardiovascular Technologist assists cardiologists with invasive and noninvasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures. Cardiovascular technologists prepare patients for invasive heart procedures; monitor the patients’ blood pressure and heart rate with ECG equipment. Moreover, they can perform noninvasive diagnostic procedures like echocardiography, Holter and treadmill exercise testing under supervision. It goes without saying that cardiovascular technologists hold an important role in the diagnostic and interventional procedures in cardiology. Unlike most other disciplines in medicine where these technologists help the doctors in diagnostic procedures only, cardiovascular technologists assist in invasive procedures and meet with life and death situations.
Most cardiovascular tech jobs are located in hospitals, and are generally categorized as physically demanding, requiring the maneuvering of patients and the set up and transfer of heavy equipment. Because of the fragile state of the patients, emotional stress is also a component in many cardiovascular technologist jobs.