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 interpreted
ambulatory monitoring fitting a portable ECG monitor to record the ECG over a 24-hour period, and replaying and analysing the tape on a computerised system
exercise ECG stress testing assessing a patient's cardiac response to exercise using a treadmill or stationary bicycle and ECG recording
pacemaker implant testing testing and, if necessary, reprogramming implanted cardiac pacemakers with computerised equipment
cardiac catheterisation monitoring and recording ECG and blood pressure data during interventional procedures
electrophysiology studies using computerised systems to record ECG data from within the heart in order to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
echocardiography operating ultrasound equipment to scan the heart from the chest wall, obtaining and measuring images of the heart to assess blood flow and valve abnormalities
cardiac 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.