Cardiovascular Technologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Cardiovascular Technologist




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Job Description

 

Cardiovascular technologists work in conjunction with physicians to diagnose and treat cardiac and peripheral vascular diseases, or those of that heart and blood vessels, respectively.

There are three areas of practice in which cardiovascular technologists may choose to specialize:

Echocardiography

This specialty includes technologists that administer echocardiograms (EKGs) and sonograms of the heart. Echocardiography also includes those that perform Holter monitor procedures as well as stress testing.

Invasive Cardiology

This specialty focuses on invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization, in which a small tube is threaded through a groin artery to the heart. This procedures is necessary to determine whether or not there's a blockage in the vessels that supply the heart.

Vascular Technology

Vascular technologists and sonographers assist physicians with diagnosing disorders that affect circulation. They update and evaluate the patient's history, check their pulses, evaluate blood flow and pressure, and schedule proper testing. Most tests are performed immediately before or after the patient enters surgery.

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Responsibilities

 

They're also responsible for setting appointments, performing ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures, reviewing physician comments and interpretations regarding patients, and monitoring heart rates.

As stated above, each specialty has its own set of responsibilities, including checking basic patient histories to implementing cardiac catheters.

Cardiovascular technologists also support physicians in diagnosing cardiac ailments and implements electrocardiograms (EKGs), attaching electrodes to patients and getting a reading.

They collect ultrasound readings and perform more general tasks like keeping records, communicating effectively, maintaining cardiac equipment, and implementing tests.

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Skills

 

Beyond a strong inclination toward science and the technical, it's important to have a well-rounded skill set when choosing this career path.

Active listening, critical thinking, and patience will go a long way as cardiovascular technologists are faced with many unforeseen problems in their work.

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

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

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Cardiovascular technologists usually work a standard five-day, 40-hour week. Most spend their time in a dimly lit room working with diagnostic imaging machinery and taking tests by patient besides.Some weekend duty may be required.

If employed in a catheterization lab, longer work hours may be needed as well as some evening assignments. There may be an assigned rotation for on-call duties during the night, on holidays and weekends.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.05.2018
Functions as Scrub Assistant and Monitor Technologist during procedures. Functions as Circulator during procedures under direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. Assists with physical preparations of patients, pre-catherization consults, and...
11.16.2017
Two years experience in an Interventional Radiology or Catheterization Lab required. Education: Graduate of an accredited Radiologic Technology program. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of current techniques in interventional radiology....
05.08.2018
The Cardiovascular Specialist assists physicians in performing a variety of invasive cardiac, electrophysiology and vascular procedures. The Cardiovascular Specialist also cares for patients before and after procedures in the holding area,...
05.21.2018
In an environment of continuous quality improvement, the Cardiovascular Sonographer is responsible for operating ultrasound equipment to obtain cardiovascular diagnostic images. Assists in interpretation of ultrasound images. Exhibits the MHS...
05.21.2018
Performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units, or surgical setting for patients. Will provide measurement and image data to the Cardiologists for interpretation. The Echo Technologist may...
05.21.2018
The Registered Echocardiography Technologist is a member of the Echo Lab Team. The Registered Echo Technologist performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units or surgical setting for patients...
05.21.2018
The Registered Echocardiography Technologist is a member of the Echo Lab Team. The Registered Echo Technologist performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units or surgical setting for patients...
05.21.2018
The Registered Echocardiography Technologist is a member of the Echo Lab Team. The Registered Echo Technologist performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units or surgical setting for patients...
05.21.2018
The Registered Echocardiography Technologist is a member of the Echo Lab Team. The Registered Echo Technologist performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units or surgical setting for patients...
05.21.2018
The Registered Echocardiography Technologist is a member of the Echo Lab Team. The Registered Echo Technologist performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units or surgical setting for patients...
05.21.2018
Performs a variety of echocardiographic studies in the echo lab, patient care units, procedural units, or surgical setting for patients. Will provide measurement and image data to the Cardiologists for interpretation. The Echo Technologist may...
11.16.2017
Demonstrates proficiency by performing routine and emergency echocardiogram and vascular studies including but not limited to 2-dimensional, Transesophageal, Stress Echocardiogram, Carotid Doppler, PVRs and Arterial Duplex as requested by the...
05.21.2018
Under the general direction of the Director of Cardiovascular Services, performs all technical and clerical procedures offered by the CVD Department for use in the diagnosis of heart disorders and for the diagnosis of some vascular disease....
10.13.2017
The Mayo Clinic Departments of Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Genomics and Center for Individualized Medicine seeks an outstanding Physician-Scientist to lead the program in Cardiovascular Genomics and help grow the Cardiogenomics Clinical...
06.08.2017
An opening currently exists for an Echovascular Sonographer Technologist in the Stress Lab. The work hours for this position will be day shift; however, hours may vary due to the needs of the department. This position will also require weekend...
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    Functions as Scrub Assistant and Monitor Technologist during procedures. Functions as Circulator during procedures under direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. Assists with physical preparations of patients, pre-catherization consults, and...
  2. Cardiovascular Technologist Sunnyside, WA Astria Sunnyside Hospital
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  4. Cardiovascular Sonographer Marietta, OH Memorial Health System
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  5. Echocardiography Technologist Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  7. Echocardiography Technologist (1.0 FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  8. Echocardiography Technologist (1.0 FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  9. Echocardiography Technologist (1.0 FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  12. Cardiovascular Sonographer Lumberton, NC Southeastern Regional Medical Center
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  13. Cardiovascular Technician Milford, MA Milford Regional Medical Center
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    An opening currently exists for an Echovascular Sonographer Technologist in the Stress Lab. The work hours for this position will be day shift; however, hours may vary due to the needs of the department. This position will also require weekend...