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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

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Currently Employed: 90

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $27.89 - $42.37

Typical Annual Salary: $58,000 - $88,100

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.
  • Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
  • Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, or cerebral circulation.
  • Assist surgeons with vascular procedures, such as preparing balloons and stents.
  • Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
  • Assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac or peripheral vascular treatments, such as implanting pacemakers or assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
  • Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.

tools & technology

  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
  • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
  • Vascular filter

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Internet browser software
  • Inventory management software
  • Medical software

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