Operate a range of specialist equipment providing data for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
Cardiac technologists can be found in all large metropolitan and regional public and private hospitals where there are cardiac investigation units.
As a cardiac technologist, your role would cover:
- 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
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
Relevant majors include:
Postgraduate study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.Relevant postgraduate courses include: