Cardiovascular Technology

As a Cardiovascular technician, you will use a variety of instruments to diagnose and treat heart diseases and vascular problems. You will be trained to assist the physician in treating different heart conditions that include diseased vessels, structural problems and blood clots.

What do Cardiovascular technicians do?

The work of Cardiovascular technicians mainly involve providing assistance to the physician in diagnosis and treatment of heart, lung, and blood vessel disorders by conducting invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests, maintaining equipment, and recording test results.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Conduct cardiovascular tests
  • Checked Record patients’ cardiac activity using specialized equipment, recording devices and laboratory instruments
  • Checked Explain testing procedures to the patients
  • Checked Help the patients to reduce anxiety
  • Checked Monitor patients’ blood pressure and heart rate during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify if something appears wrong
  • Checked Obtain and record patient identification, medical history and test results
  • Checked Monitor patients’ safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or variations in patient responses

What are the specialisations in Cardiovascular Technology?

Invasive Cardiology is a branch of cardiology surgery that deals with heart and vascular care procedures performed through open surgery or percutaneous procedures.
Non invasive Cardiologists focus on the detection and treatment of heart diseases using external tests rather than instruments inserted into the body to evaluate and diagnose cardiac disorders.
Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of heart. The image is called an echocardiogram. This test allows the doctor to monitor how heart and its valves are functioning.
Cardiac catheterization technician is a specialist of the cardiac catheterization procedure, which involves inserting a thread into a patient's heart through an artery. This procedure helps to determine whether the vessels that supply the heart with blood are blocked.

How to become a Cardiovascular Technician?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Candidates seeking admission to Cardiovascular technology courses should have passed 10+2 with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects with a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Step 2
Take a BSc degree

There are multiple undergraduate programs in cardiovascular technology. The name of the programs and duration varies from institute to institute. Some of the UG courses are BSc CVT (4 years) and BSc Cardiac Care (3 years).


Note: Diploma programs

Multiple one year undergraduate diploma programs in cardiovascular technology are available like the diploma in cardiovascular technology, and diploma in Electrocardiogram Technology (DECT).

Step 3
Take an MSc

Postgraduate programs in cardiovascular technology are 2 year full time courses. Eligibility criteria for this program is a BSc (Cardiac Care / Cardiovascular Technology) from a recognized University or equivalent. Different institutions provide master’s in cardiac care under different names like MSc CCIT ( Cardiac Catheterization & Interventional Technology) and MSc Cardiac


Note: Postgraduate diploma programs

There are a number of one year post graduate programs in this field like the PG Diploma in Cardiac Care Technology (PG-DCCT), and the PG Diploma in Cardiovascular Sonography.

Cardiovascular Technology Colleges

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Requirements for masters in cardiovascular technology

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into MSc Cardiac Catheterization & Interventional Technology at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education)

  • Pass in BSc (Cardiac Care / Cardiovascular Technology) or 2 years of Diploma in Cardiovascular Technology (post regular general BSc) with minimum 3 years of clinical experience.
  • A minimum 50 % aggregate marks or equivalent in the previous qualification.
  • Completion of Clinical Experience/Internship.
  • Admission to be done on the basis of the marks obtained in the Department Test (DT) & Personal Interview (PI).

Foreign (For admission into MSc Cardiovascular Research at King’s College ,London)

  • Minimum 2:1 first degree (typically 60-69%) in a biological, molecular biological or biomedical sciences-related subject or a medical qualification.
  • nglish Language Requirement : IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each skill or 109 overall with 27 in writing and a minimum of 25 in each of the other skills in TOEFL.
  • A Personal Statement
  • a CV or Resume (Optional)

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Skills Required

Compassion

Patients who are sick or injured may be in extreme pain or distress. Cardiovascular technologists must treat patients with compassion and empathy.

Critical Thinking

Cardiovascular technologists should have the logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Patience

Surgery procedures may require long time and extreme attention. Persons who fear surgery may require more patience from the physicians and technicians around them.

Problem-solving skills

They need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and may need to act quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Equipment Selection

Cardiovascular technicians should have the skill in determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a particular procedure.

Dexterity

Cardiovascular technicians may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Detail oriented

Cardiovascular technicians must accurately monitor and record the condition of the patient throughout the treatment.

Time Management

They should have the skill in managing one's own time and the time of others.

Coordination

They need to have the skill to adjust actions in relation to others' actions and coordinating effectively in work.

Industries

  • Checked Hospitals
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  • Checked Medical and diagnostic laboratories