Cardiovascular Technologies

Cardiovascular technologists use specialized cardiovascular technologies, such as echocardiography and cardiac catheterization, to perform diagnostic tests and provide treatment for those with heart and artery disease. Read on to learn more.

Inside Cardiovascular Technologies

Cardiovascular technologies are both invasive, such as cardiac catheterization, and noninvasive, such as ultrasound technology. Cardiovascular technologists work with physicians to prepare heart patients for tests and treatments using these technologies. Technologists are typically responsible for booking appointments, monitoring patients' health, filing records and care for testing equipment. They recognize symptoms of cardiac disease and explain procedures to the patients.

Education Information

Education and training is required for all types of cardiovascular technologists. Employers generally require technologists to have a 2-year or 4-year degree in cardiovascular technology from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Professionals (CAAHEP). Students in these programs can expect to take courses such as cardiovascular care, principles of medicine, clinical experience, clinical procedures, echocardiography and EKG analysis. An internship is typically required, and students may be required to specialize in invasive, noninvasive or vascular technology. Here are links to some articles that offer more information about degree programs in this field.

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