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Become A Cardiovascular Technician

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Working As A Cardiovascular Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $54,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Cardiovascular Technician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* The Cardiovascular Technician (CVT) is an individual who, after comprehensive training, is qualified to perform Cardiac Stress Tests, Tilt Table Testing, and Electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as related clerical duties associated with performed procedures.
* Stocks supplies and assemble, disinfect, and store equipment
* Computer and typing skills preferred.
* ACLS/BLS required within 6 months of hire.
* Cardiac rhythm recognition required through basic EKG course or 12 Lead EKG course.
* Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) credentials required

What Does A Cardiovascular Technician Do At Tri-City Medical Center

* Prepares the patient for the procedure by explaining the process.
* Prepares the catheterization site and drapes the patient.
* Prepares a sterile field for the patient, and a sterile operating table.
* Prepares manifolds, catheters, balloons, stents and any devices to be used during the procedure.
* Scrubs in with the physician and assists in the passing of catheters & injection of radiopaque dye for the visualization of structures, and for interventional and diagnostic procedures.
* Monitors the patients vitals during the procedure and records, analyzes and measures hemodynamic waveforms for the diagnosis of cardiac conditions.
* Assists with transportation pre & post procedure.
* Performs job duties within the scope of their clinical practice, established competence and experience.
* Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities

What Does A Cardiovascular Technician Do At Texas Health Resources

* Patient Care
* Uses multidisciplinary, team oriented actions
* Assesses and recognizes the patient’s emotional, physical, developmental, cognitive and psychosocial conditions
* Prepares room for examination (i.e. suction, oxygen, supplies, medications)
* Checks physician orders and exam requisitions using time-out procedures
* Greets and acknowledges patient, using two forms of ID
* Obtains patient history
* Handles patients with IVs, oxygen, chest tubes or other devices, and monitor patient during imaging
* Uses proper body mechanics when assisting patient
* Administers contrast media and other medications in accordance with medication administration guidelines
* Processes patient information, displays proper phone etiquette and transports patients as needed
* Demonstrates proficiency in the scrub, hemodynamic monitor and circulator roles with coronary and peripheral interventional procedures.
* Facilitates correct billing, charging and procedure documentation in the MAC LAB

What Does A Cardiovascular Technician Do At Boca Raton Community Hospital

* Have the ability to recognize, record and report all dysrhythmias accurately.
* Have knowledge of the proper use and function of catheters and guidewires.
* Ability to operate and troubleshoot the Intra-aortic Balloon Pump.
* Knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique.
* Proficiency in all phases of Cardiac Cath procedures with emphasis on scrubbing, recording and image development.
* Perform calculations of hemodynamic and physiological test results.
* Operate all equipment in the Cath Lab efficiently and accurately.
* Prepare Cath images for physician review.
* Assist with quality assurance checks on equipment as assigned.
* Participate in determining policies and procedures for the Cath Lab.
* Maintain orderliness and cleanliness with equipment and environment.
* Assist in the evaluation of new products.
* Assist in the department's Performance Improvement program.
* Be responsible for emergency call

What Does A Cardiovascular Technician Do At Mount Sinai Medical Center

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* Assures that the CVL patient care areas are prepared to receive patients
* Assists with intake of patients in CVL; connects them to monitoring equipment, preps then, educates them about the procedure.
* Observes and performs duties related to monitoring (interpretation of data), scrubbing and/or circulating of cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures.
* Collects data for the physician to determine normal and abnormal physiological parameters for proper diagnosis and treatment of patient.
* Assures that all necessary data is present and completes all necessary documents associated with each case (final report and charges)
* Properly accesses, records and stores casework in the Network.
* Assists with patient care post-procedure, including the discontinuation of sheaths. (Hemostatis patch, C-clamp, and/or manual pressure

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How To Become A Cardiovascular Technician

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.


Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Cardiovascular Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Arabic

  • French

  • Tagalog

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Filipino

  • Cantonese

  • Gujarati

  • Carrier

  • Slovak

  • Sanskrit

  • Korean

  • Cebuano

  • Czech

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Real Cardiovascular Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Loma Linda University Health Care Loma Linda, CA Mar 03, 2014 $115,835
Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians University Medical Center Tucson, AZ Dec 27, 2007 $76,898
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Jun 04, 2010 $75,007
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Nash Street Family Practice Wilson, NC Jun 22, 2012 $47,070
Cardiovascular Technologist The Administrators of The Tulane Endowment Fund New Orleans, LA May 29, 2014 $45,000
Cardiovascular Technicians Children's Heart Institute Reston, VA Oct 01, 2009 $41,740
Cardiovascular Technician Biltmore Cardiology, PLLC Phoenix, AZ Nov 15, 2009 $37,566
Cardiovascular Technologist & Technicians Icardiac Technologies, Inc. Rochester, NY Apr 08, 2008 $30,658 -

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Top Skills for A Cardiovascular Technician


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Top Cardiovascular Technician Skills

  1. EKG
  2. Mac Lab
  3. Heart Rate
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Certified then in EKG interpretation.
  • Utilized MAC lab software to monitor, measure and record cardiac functions.
  • Provide Electrocardiogram testing to all inpatients, outpatients and Emergency Department monitoring heart rate and rhythms detecting abnormal variance.
  • Connect patients to 24-48 hour holter monitors and 2-4 week event monitors.
  • Assisted physicians with performing diagnostic and interventional procedures.

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