A career as a cardiovascular technician or technologist will give you satisfaction in the knowledge that you are helping save and extend the lives of others. Cardiovascular technicians and technologists, both called CV techs, help doctors in diagnosing and treating patients suffering from ailments affecting the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular technicians specialize in electrocardiograms (EKG), Holter monitors, and stress tests. Cardiovascular technologists specialize in echocardiography, invasive cardiology, and vascular technology.
To become a cardiovascular technician or technologist, you must first have a good foundation in science. It is also recommended that you good bedside manner and be empathetic about a patient’s situation. It would also be of help to have had a medical education background, considering that you’ll be dealing with the human body in your job. Decide on which specialization you wish to pursue and where you would like to work. Cardiovascular technicians can work in a hospital, a medical clinic, or in private practice. If you plan to specialize in invasive cardiology, you can only work in a hospital. Search for accredited cardiovascular technician programs. Basic patient care will need 1-2 years of schooling. Invasive cardiology will require 2-4 years. After selecting a school, seek financial aid to help pay for your cardiovascular technician program. Perform some on-the-job training. You will need quite a few of hours of experience.
Although optional, seeking credentials from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is advised. Due to the large numbers of sufferers of heart disease, job growth is pegged at 24%. Medical advances of late have further increased the demand for cardiovascular technicians.