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
07.21.2017
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07.21.2017
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This position is also responsible for working directly with the cardiologist, nurses, and other cardiovascular technologist staff during cardiac interventional and electrophysiology procedures as a scrub or monitoring role. This position will...
07.21.2017
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07.21.2017
Will perform various diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound procedures and peripheral vascular screening. Schedule is one to two days per week and every third Saturday at McLeod Seacoast. Required Skills Must have completed at least one year...
07.21.2017
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07.21.2017
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06.30.2017
Functioning within the Health Systems mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures, the registered Vascular Interventional Technologist performs a variety of angiographic procedures including invasive vascular treatments and...
06.30.2017
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07.21.2017
Will perform various diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound procedures and peripheral vascular screening. Schedule is as needed and will cover the Myrtle Beach, Loris, and Little River cardiology physician offices. Required Skills Must have...
07.21.2017
Bethesda Health is a comprehensive, community-based hospital system that has grown with our community. One of the few remaining not-for-profit health systems in Palm Beach County. Our flagship hospital, Bethesda Hospital East (formerly known as...
07.21.2017
- Associates degree required - Experience is required PER DIEM OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE 10-hr shifts; night, weekend and holiday call based on operational need $9/hr- Call Rate Duties/Responsibilities Possesses the necessary...
05.01.2017
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07.22.2017
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07.21.2017
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    - High School diploma or GED equivalent - Current AHA ACLS or obtained within 9 mos of hire - Current AHA BLS Performs duties involving patient care and operation of highly sophisticated radiographic and computer equipment in the...
  2. Cardiovascular Technologist Warner Robins, GA Houston Healthcare
    - ARRT or RCIS certification required - Current AHA ACLS or obtained within 9 mos of hire - Current AHA BLS - Two years interventional cardiology experience required Performs duties involving patient care and operation of highly...
  3. Cardiovascular Technologist - Cath/EP Lab St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
    This position is also responsible for working directly with the cardiologist, nurses, and other cardiovascular technologist staff during cardiac interventional and electrophysiology procedures as a scrub or monitoring role. This position will...
  4. Cardiovascular Technologist - Cath/EP Lab St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
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  5. Cardiovascular Technologist (PRN) - McLeod Seacoast Florence, SC McLeod Health
    Will perform various diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound procedures and peripheral vascular screening. Schedule is one to two days per week and every third Saturday at McLeod Seacoast. Required Skills Must have completed at least one year...
  6. Cardiovascular Techniologist Cincinnati, OH The Christ Hospital Health Network
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  7. LIC CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOL Dayton, OH Premier Health - Miami Valley Hospital
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  8. Cardiovascular Tech - Registered, #401 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Health Systems mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures, the registered Vascular Interventional Technologist performs a variety of angiographic procedures including invasive vascular treatments and...
  9. Cardiovascular Tech - Registered, #401 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Health Systems mission, values, objectives, policies and procedures, the registered Vascular Interventional Technologist performs a variety of angiographic procedures including invasive vascular treatments and...
  10. Cardiovascular Technologist (PRN) - Pee Dee Cardiology and Myrtle Beach Cardiology Florence, SC McLeod Health
    Will perform various diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound procedures and peripheral vascular screening. Schedule is as needed and will cover the Myrtle Beach, Loris, and Little River cardiology physician offices. Required Skills Must have...
  11. Cardiovascular Tech - BHH EPS Lab Boynton Beach, FL Bethesda Health
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  12. Cardiovascular/Special Procedures Radiologic Technologist Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
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  13. CARDIOVASCULAR PERFUSIONIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    UI HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER ECLS SERVICES The UI Heart and Vascular Center is seeking a full-time (100%) Cardiovascular Perfusionist to provide quality clinical perfusion services for adult and pediatric patients during cardiothoracic...
  14. Cardiovascular Specialist Tulsa, OK Oklahoma State University Medical Center
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  15. Cardiovascular Technician Coeur d'Alene, ID Kootenai Health
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