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Cardiovascular Technologist

By on Dec. 26, 2017

1. Career Overview
There is very high demand of cardiovascular technicians and is a developing area in professional front. Cardiovascular technologists are allied medical and healthcare professionals and are involved in diagnostic and treatment phases of various heart and vascular ailments. They work as aids to doctors and other medical professionals and are involved in carrying out Electrocardiograms and setting up Holter monitoring and Stress test and other procedures. In the more experienced stages of their career, cardiovascular technologists are involved in various complicated invasive and non-invasive techniques related to treatment of heart, lungs and vascular systems.
This job demands much skill and knowledge. So along with the theoretical coursework, a good amount of practical training is required to be apt in skills for performing the required responsibilities. Also cardiovascular technician has to work mostly in hospitals and diagnostic clinics and working during non-conventional hours like nights and weekends might be a norm for these professionals.

2. Education Track
There are courses in Cardiovascular Technology which are 2 years and 4 years duration at college level.

  • Courses that are 2 years in duration are especially suitable for the people who already hold some professional credentials in allied medical fields like nursing etc.
  • For a better career opportunity, a B.Sc. course after successful completion of 10+2 from a recognized board is the better choice
  • The candidate has to have Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the 10+2 level
  • Depending on the institution, the duration could be 3 or 4 years
  • The B.Sc. course consists of theoretical subjects and practical trainings. A certification or license is needed to start working
  • Candidates can pursue further studies like M.Sc. in Cardiovascular Technology or post-graduate Diploma courses in the related field
2.1 Specialization in B.Sc Level
In the undergraduate level, there are specializations to opt for:
  • Non-invasive Cardiac Technology – Here the technicians determine health and condition of heart and vascular systems by using equipment and tests which does not need to go inside the body of the patients. They use tools to capture images and pictures from inside the body which are used to determine the health condition of the patients

  • Echocardiography – The technicians use ultrasound for examination of the different chambers of the heart. The ultrasound creates image on the screen known as Echocardiograms. Analysis of echocardiograms can determine existence of any heart problem

  • Invasive Cardiac Technology – Here technician has to use tools and techniques which will need the probes to be inserted inside the body. Insertion of catheters, placing stents and pacemakers in the heart and inside blood vessels are some invasive techniques

  • Vascular Technology – These technicians assist physicians to diagnose the circulatory disorders. Technicians are specialized in evaluating blood flow, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and pulses. They interpret the results and help in diagnosis and management of the patients’ conditions.
2.2 Additional Skills required for a cardiovascular technician
Along with being excellentin subject knowledge and procedural skills, the cardiovascular technician needs to be:
  • Having good analytical skill to interpret results of diagnostic tests conducted
  • Having good communication and intrapersonal skill
  • Handling patients empathetically
  • Working in a team environment with diverse group of professionals
  • Being flexible to adjust with professional demand of shifts, working hours, emergency situation and so on
2.3 Institutions for Studying Cardiovascular Technology courses
There are several institutions where these courses are offered. They have 2 years certification as well as offer degree and post-graduation in Cardiovascular Technology. Some of them are distant learning courses as well. Each of these institutions have their own entrance tests and selection is done on the basis of merit. Some of the well-known institutions are:
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Apollo Institute of Hospital Management & Allied Sciences, Chennai
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani)
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Kidwai Institute of Oncology, Bangalore
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
  • School of Medical Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Gandhinagar
  • Sri Venkateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati

3. Career Path and Job Roles

3.1 Cardiovascular Technicians have career opportunities in:
  • Hospitals and Clinics (Government and private)
  • Healthcare institutions
  • Nursing homes
  • Disability Centres
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Colleges and Universities for Teaching jobs
The Job Role Includes:
  • Assisting doctors and surgeons diagnosing the cardiologic conditions of the patients
  • Monitoring the different cardio instruments during treatment procedures are being carried out
  • Setting up, maintaining and operating different instruments for cardiovascular functionality assessments like echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, implementation of pacemakers, stents and other devises and so on
  • Monitoring and analysing the instrument readings to assess pulse rate, blood flow, blockage in hearts, veins and arteries
  • Correct interpretation and reporting of the findings to the physicians and patients in order to determine the course of treatment to be taken subsequently
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and safety of test equipment and the diagnostic area to ensure accuracy, hygiene and the highest standard of service and safety