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
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