Cardiovascular Technician Job Description

By | November 21, 2011

Cardiovascular technician Job Profile and Description

Medical technicians who are involved with the main responsibility to diagnose and treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels are called cardiovascular technicians. Cardiovascular technician works in close coordination with cardiac surgeons in ensuring that their patients are out of danger and are treated properly. To treat diseases or disorders related to the heart, the cardiovascular technicians should be well trained and skilled. They must be able to used different cardiovascular equipment to cure their patients and their diseases while also taking enough precautionary measure to avoid any such cardiac problems in the future.

Cardiovascular technician Duties and Responsibilities

  • The responsibility of a cardiovascular technician is to provide supportive role to the cardiac surgeon like arranging meetings with the patients and other doctors, ensuring the situation of the patients is under control, etc.
  • The cardiovascular technicians undertake various heart related laboratory related tests and keep their patients informed about the same.
  • There are various types of procedures – invasive and non-invasive procedures that cardiovascular technicians can specialise in.
  • Cardiovascular technicians keep track of their patients’ heart beats and perform various heart tests during sophisticated equipment and machinery.
  • These professionals also additionally help their superiors to diagnose the disease by performing tests that affect the heart, blood vessels and blood circulation.

Cardiovascular technician Skills and Specifications

  • Various companies or medical centres provide on-the-job training to the newly inducted cardiovascular technicians. This helps in gaining the necessary knowledge and to build up strong networks in this field.
  • Since cardiac surgeons work with complicated equipment and machinery, they should be aware of the usage of such equipment and know how to operate them so that they can be used on patients with enough comfort.

Cardiovascular technician Education and Qualifications

  • To become a cardiovascular technician, candidates could enrol into two-year short term or four year full term courses in medicine from a recognised university. Four year courses are more preferably from the point of view of employers.
  • A general degree in medicine can be obtained and thereafter candidates can specialise in one or more field in cardiovascular systems.
  • Certification is mandated by a few states to start working as a cardiovascular technician.

Cardiovascular technician Salary

Cardiovascular technicians usually earn between $26,000 and $75,000 per annum. The median wage of a cardiovascular technician is about $47,000 per annum. The salaries differ in a private setting and a public hospital. Salaries of those cardiovascular technicians who work for private hospitals are higher. Those candidates who also have gained greater work experience can command higher salaries.