Cardiac technicians specialize in the treatment of medical problems with the heart and blood vessels; typically, these technicians serve as aids to physicians of cardiovascular care.
Some responsibilities of cardiac technicians include scheduling daily appointments for patients, monitoring heart-rates, assessing patient and doctor documentation, explaining cardiovascular test procedures to patients, and determining and disclosing any issues which may arise during the process. Cardiac technicians may also aid in both invasive and non-invasive procedures, both of which require specialized training. Generally, those in this position have regular day-to-day routines, but may also specialize in areas such as vascular technology, cardiovascular, echocardiography, or electrocardiograms. Working hours may vary, and shifts for this position are often 'round-the-block.
Aspiring cardiac technicians should be personable and outgoing, as they will work with both patients and other health care employees on a daily basis. To qualify as a cardiac technician, most states and facilities require a minimum of an associate’s degree and a certification in the cardiovascular field.