Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Careers

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.

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 be successful on the job, it helps to:

  • Be good with fine motor skills
  • Be able to follow detailed instructions
  • Be able to communicate technically with medical personnel and also explain procedures simply to patients

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for the Dallas metropolitan area:

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Annual Salary Projected Growth in Texas Through 2024
Cardiovascular technologists