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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Careers

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Cardiovascular technologists specializing in invasive procedures assist physicians with cardiac catheterization procedures in which a small tube, or catheter, is threaded through a patient’s artery from a spot on the patient’s groin to the heart. The procedure can determine whether a blockage exists in the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle and help to diagnose other problems.

Work Environment

The typical hospital work environment of a cardiovascular technologist includes:

  • Walking and standing while wearing a lead apron
  • Heavy lifting to move equipment or transfer patients
  • Possibly stressful working conditions in close contact with seriously ill patients
  • Potential for radiation exposure, kept to a minimum by strict adherence to safety guidelines
  • Standard five-day, 40-hour workweeks as a norm, usually excluding nights and weekends

Skill Sets

To succeed on the job, cardiovascular technologists and technicians should:

  • Be reliable
  • Have mechanical aptitude
  • Be able to follow detailed instructions
  • Maintain a pleasant and relaxed manner for putting patients at ease
  • Be articulate in order to both communicate technically with physicians and also explain procedures simply to patients

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career Infonet, the average salary and projected job growth for this career in Texas is:

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2022
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians $25.50 $53,000 +44%