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A cardiovascular technologist assists physicians by performing diagnostic tests to determine how well the heart and blood vessels function. They prepare patients for tests and monitor patients’ blood pressure and heart rate, reviewing and/or recording pertinent patient information. They may also conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
Most cardiovascular technologists work in hospital cardiology departments, while some work in cardiologists’ offices and cardiac rehabilitation centers.
Technologists and technicians generally work a 5-day, 40-hour week that may include weekends. Those in catheterization labs tend to work longer hours and may work evenings. They may also be on call during the night and on weekends.
Overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase. Imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses.
Although most cardiovascular technologists are currently trained on the job, an increasing number receive training in 2 to 4 year programs.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals
PO Box 2007
Midlothian, VA 23113
American Society of Echocardiography
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 450
Durham, NC 27713