Cardiac Technologist

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Cardiac Technologists work as part of a cardiology team to provide technical services for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Cardiac Technologists operate a range of specialist equipment that provides data for Cardiologists and other Medical Practitioners to use for patient care and management.

Cardiac technologists may perform the following tasks:
- electrocardiography (ECG) - recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and its pattern and rhythm are interpreted
- ambulatory monitoring - fitting a portable ECG monitor to record the ECG over a 24-hour period, and replaying and analysing the tape on a computerised system
- exercise ECG stress testing - assessing a patient's cardiac response to exercise using a treadmill or stationary bicycle and ECG recording
- pacemaker implant testing - testing and, if necessary, reprogramming implanted cardiac pacemakers with computerised equipment
- cardiac catheterisation - monitoring and recording ECG and blood pressure data during interventional procedures
- electrophysiology studies - using computerised systems to record ECG data from within the heart in order to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
- echocardiography - operating ultrasound equipment to scan the heart from the chest wall, obtaining and measuring images of the heart to assess blood flow and valve abnormalities
- cardiac research - studying the effects of cardiovascular drugs and diseases using many of the above techniques.

To work as a Cardiac Technologist in Australia you are not required to register with a professional body, however as a minimum completion of a degree in science, usually in an area of health science, will be required. There are also postgraduate options available, which will sometimes be completed as part of on-the-job training.