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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.
Employment of cardiology technologists is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2014.
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
4456 Corporation Lane, #120
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
American Society of Echocardiography
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607