Cardiovascular technologists assist doctors with cardiac catheterization procedures in which a small tube, or catheter, is threaded through a patient’s artery from the 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.
Other routinely performed procedures are coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (where stents, balloons, plaque removal devices, and other treatments to restore blood flow are deployed), right heart catheterization (where blood flow measurements are made), electrophysiology (where irregular heartbeats are studied and treated) and pacemaker implantations.
The typical hospital work environment of a cardiovascular technologist includes:
To be successful on the job, it helps to:
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