Cardiac technologists provide technical services for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. As part of the cardiology team, cardiac technologists operate a range of specialist equipment, which provides data that cardiologists and other medical practitioners use for patient care.
Duties & Tasks
Cardiac technologists may perform the following tasks:electrocardiography (ECG) - recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and its pattern and rhythm are interpretedambulatory monitoring - fitting a portable ECG monitor to record the ECG over a 24-hour period, and replaying and analysing the tape on a computerised systemexercise ECG stress testing - assessing a patient's cardiac response to exercise using a treadmill or stationary bicycle and ECG recordingpacemaker implant testing - testing and, if necessary, reprogramming implanted cardiac pacemakers with computerised equipmentcardiac catheterisation - monitoring and recording ECG and blood pressure data during interventional procedureselectrophysiology studies - using computerised systems to record ECG data from within the heart in order to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythmsechocardiography - operating ultrasound equipment to scan the heart from the chest wall, obtaining and measuring images of the heart to assess blood flow and valve abnormalitiescardiac research - studying the effects of cardiovascular drugs and diseases using many of the above techniques.
Cardiac technologists may be required to be on call.
- careful and analytical approach to work sympathetic, supportive and professional approach to patients ability to follow safety guidelines good communication skills commitment to ongoing professional development able to work as part of a team.