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Cardiovascular Technologist Careers

By Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer

Cardiology technologists use electrocardiograph equipment to monitor patients’ blood pressure and heart rate during these procedures. “It’s a job that provides instant gratification,” says Georgann Bruski, director of invasive cardiology for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “You get to see a patient come in having a heart attack, and you get to see it fixed. You’re not just part of the diagnosis but part of the cure.”

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Salary: $29,900 - $55,670
Min. Education: Associate's, Bachelor's
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Another fulfilling aspect of working in the cath lab is the teamwork among cardiology technologists, physicians, nurses and X-ray technicians, says Bruski, who is also the management council chair for the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals. The fast-paced action in cath labs dictates that the professionals who work there have strong, decisive personalities, she says.

Cath-lab workers spend a considerable amount of time on their feet and are “tied to a beeper” for scheduled on-call hours every few weeks, Bruski says.

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Reimbursement Spurs Certification

Most cardiovascular technologists in any of the three specialties—cardiac sonography, vascular sonography or cardiac catheterization—hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in ultrasound or cardiovascular technology. Some technologists enter the field after working as nursing aides or X-ray technicians, usually after completing additional education.

Certification is not mandatory for cardiovascular technologists, Rigling says. However, many insurers won’t reimburse hospitals and clinics for cardiovascular technology services unless credentialed technologists perform them, he says. That stipulation is forcing more technologists to become certified through a credentialing agency such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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