Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

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Also known as:  Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Technologist, Cardiac Monitor Technician, Cardiac Technician, Cardiopulmonary Technologist, Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist, Cardiovascular Technologist, Echocardiogram Technician, Echocardiographer, Echocardiographic Technologist

ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST OR TECHNICIAN CAREERS

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To accomplish the everyday miracles of modern care for heart patients, it takes a team of professionals. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians are essential members of that team.

Technologists are trained to prepare patients and assist physicians during procedures such as cardiac cath ...
eterization, balloon angioplasty, and open-heart surgery. They also monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate. The intricacy of these operations requires a high degree of precision and concentration.

The work of technicians focuses on the measurement of the electrical signals generated by the heart - called an electrocardiogram, or EKG. Technicians place sensors on the patient and then use one of several machines designed to provide physicians with a printed record of the heart's beating. They may also administer stress tests.

Diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease depends on the careful work of these professionals, who are trained at hospitals and community colleges. EKG technicians may also be trained on the job. People wanting to go into these occupations must be reliable, have mechanical aptitude, and be able to follow detailed directions.

The ability to put patients at ease is a definite asset. The work can be stressful, but very rewarding, because every hour of every day, someone's life is on the line.
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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.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
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Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students.
Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
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.
Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
Prepare and position patients for testing.
Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies or equipment.
Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
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Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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