Occupations in the field of cardiology are cardiovascular technologists and technicians. These are cardiovascular professionals working with a physician, and under his direction, to treat and diagnose patients having problems or illnesses that involve blood vessels or heart. A person in the profession might specialize in invasive cardiology, electrocardiography, non-invasive cardiology, vascular technology, or echocardiography.
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist assists in the procedure of implants of a cardiac catheter passed or threaded into an artery in a patients groin area through to the heart. The physician can then diagnose any problems or blockages, and might include a balloon angioplasty to widen any blood vessels that are blocked.
Non- Invasive Technologists specializing in vascular technology perform tests that are non-invasive, using ultrasound procedures. This professional explains procedures to patient, records medical information, determines settings on the equipment, and adjusts position of patient if needed.
A Vascular Technologist assists with disorders affecting the circulation and performs tests immediately after or during surgery.
Electrocardiography Technicians obtain EKG’s and are known as Cardiographic Technicians.
Echocardiography Technicians administer echocardiograph ultrasound that examines the heart chamber, vessels, and valves. These professionals assess heart functions and also assist the physician when doing an esophageal echocardiogram.
Cardiovascular professionals that work in the catherization labs work long hours and sometimes evenings and are on-call nights and weekends. Their work environments include med centers, hospitals, diagnostic centers and laboratories, physician’s office, and diagnostic mobile units. While being a rewarding profession, it is physically stressful and demanding especially working in cath labs with critical patients that might end up having life or death situations. Attributes that are desired in these professionals are interpersonal abilities, strong communications, mechanical knowledge, reliable, and capable of following detailed instructions. Outlook for employment in the field for vascular techs and echocardiograpghers are positive since advancing technology continues reducing costly procedures.