What does a Cardiovascular Technician do?

Cardiovascular Technicians use various kinds of imaging tools to help physicians identify and diagnose issues with the heart and the surrounding blood vessels. This includes non-invasive procedures such as echocardiography (imaging the heart) and vascular ultrasound (imaging the blood vessels), as well as some invasive procedures such as cardiovascular catheterization, stent insertion, balloon angioplasty, and implanting pacemakers. Cardiovascular technicians also explain various procedures to patients to help them relax, so it is imperative that those wishing to pursue this career be willing to work with patients.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic laboratories

Education and Training Requirements

Most cardiovascular technicians have a high school diploma or a GED and have gone on to receive an associate's degree.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for cardiovascular technicians is approximately $49,410 per year.

Professional Organization

The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals