Cardiology technicians are responsible for facilitating assessments and imaging work for cardiologists and providing a pleasant experience for all patients and staff. They should work efficiently in a team setting with other technicians to complete cardiology tasks in a timely manner, and must also verify that all supplies and equipment are clean and functioning properly.
Strong interpersonal skills are important in this position to communicate clearly with patients and families, and they typically work in a medical setting and use protective gear such as sterile gloves and lab coats. These technicians must be organized and pay close attention to detail to complete medical forms, and use a personal computer to log interactions, report issues with cardiology devices, order new products, and submit information. They also report their progress to the cardiologist in charge.
Cardiology technicians must communicate regularly with the cardiology lab to help process results and verify that all imaging processes are completed according to surgeons' specifications. They may assist in connecting monitors and checking pacemakers for patients and must always follow strict safety and privacy guidelines to prevent accidents and protect confidentiality. They should also have a positive attitude and be able to multitask on a variety of projects at once.
An associate's degree in cardiology technology is generally required for this position, and prior experience in cardiology is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Cardiology Technician Tasks
Operate electrocardiogram equipment to perform routine or emergency tests.
Monitor and document test results.
Advise physicians in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac, vascular, or blood vessel issues.