Cardiovascular Professionals Contributions to Healthcare

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Patient being hooked up to EKG by a cardiographic technician

What is a Cardiovascular Technician?

Cardiovascular Technicians provide support and help to a doctor in the diagnoses of adults and children with heart problems. Some of the procedures the cardiovascular technician will encounter include EKG monitoring, stress test monitoring, and pacemaker monitoring. The role of a Cardiovascular Technician includes:

  • Conduct cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity using EKG equipment, recording devices and laboratory instruments.
  • Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
  • Monitor gauges, recorder and video screens of computer system during imaging of cardiovascular system.

What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that detects and records a patient's heart’s electrical activity. An EKG can show how fast a patient's heart is beating, whether the rhythm of the heartbeats is steady or irregular, and the strength and timing of the electrical impulses passing through each part of the patient's heart. A patient may have an EKG as part of a routine exam to screen for heart disease. This test also is used to detect and study heart problems such as heart attacks, arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, and heart failure.

An EKG gives two major kinds of information. First, by measuring time intervals on the EKG, a doctor can determine how long the electrical wave takes to pass through the heart. Finding out how long a wave takes to travel from one part of the heart to the next shows if the electrical activity is normal or slow, fast or irregular. Second, by measuring the amount of electrical activity passing through the heart muscle, a cardiologist may be able to find out if parts of the heart are too large or are overworked.

Are You Ready to Become a Cardiovascular Technician?

Have you considered a career in cardiographic technology? Daymar College offers a program that gives you the personal attention you want with the flexibility you need to balance your life and school.

The Cardiovascular Technician program is a specialization of basic EKG technician training. The program also features EKG technician training, 12 lead ECG interpretation, Holter monitoring, stress testing, and telemetry surveillance for hospitals and cardiology offices.

Cardiographic Technician program students are expected to be prepared to take the Certified Cardiographic Examination to become a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT). This exam is available through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), an independent certification organization.

How will a Cardiographic Technology Diploma or Degree Help with My Career?

The Cardiographic Technology Diploma & Associate of Science Degree Programs are designed to prepare the student to pursue work as a cardiographic technician performing rhythm and 12 lead EKG/ECG, Holter monitoring, stress testing and telemetry surveillance in hospitals and cardiology offices. The Diploma program is designed for full-time students to complete in 15 months and all credit earned are applicable to the Cardiographic Technology Associate of Science Degree Program.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Cardiographic Technology?  Click here to find out which Daymar College campuses near you offer this program.

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