Cardiovascular Technologist (CT/CVT)
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians
help physicians in diagnosing and treating heart and blood vessel
diseases and disorders. There are many specialized areas which are
briefly outlined in this section.
Electrocardiograph Technician - Electrocardiograph technicians,
sometimes referred to as ECG or EKG technicians, are trained to conduct
an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), which measures the heart’s electrical
impulses and provides data to help determine the existence of a heart
- Echocardiograph Technician - Echocardiograph technicians, sometimes
known as diagnostic cardiac sonographers perform ultrasounds on the
heart to assist the physician in the diagnosis of disease and to conduct
studies of the heart.
- Cardiopulmonary Technologist - Cardiopulmonary technologists are
sometimes referred to as cardiovascular technologists. They are trained
to perform diagnostic tests to determine diagnosis and treatment for
heart, lung, or blood vessel ailments.
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians work in hospitals,
physician’s offices, cardiac rehabilitation centers and health
maintenance organizations (HMO’s). They are trained to conduct various
tests to determine the extent of a patient’s cardiovascular problems.
Technologists and technicians report findings to the patient’s physician
for interpretation. In addition, they may schedule appointments,
maintain patient files and maintain equipment. They deal directly with
patients and spend a significant amount of time walking and standing.
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians typically work a 40-hour
week which may include weekends. Some may be on-call during the evening
and on weekends. If working in catheterization labs, electrocardiograph
technicians may work with patients with serious or critical heart
ailments, increasing the likelihood of dealing with life or death