This includes the role of cardiovascular technologist.
How long will it take you to qualify as a cardiovascular technician? It depends on your current education and qualifications.
If you have just left school or have no medical training it will take about four years.
If you are working in a medical field already, perhaps as a nurse you can qualify in a shorter period of time.
So what does a cardiovascular technician do? They help the physician to diagnose and manage heart related health issues.
They will usually specialize in a particular field.
Some will prefer not to work with patients but to work on medical research finding ways to treat heart related health issues that are claiming thousands of lives every year.
Some may prefer to teach and help new cardiovascular technicians pass their exams.
Others will work with patients.
Generally they will work in hospitals and specialized cardiac care units.
But some larger medical practices are employing these technicians as their expertise is useful in treating those patients with heart conditions or high blood pressure.
Do you have to specialize? You can work as a general technician but most will choose a particular route to specialize in.
There are so many advances in this field that it can be difficult keeping up to date with all of the new techniques.
Some will specialize in invasive cardiology which involves such techniques as performing an angioplasty right through to monitoring a patient during open heart surgery.
Some don't like invasive surgery so are more interested in the field of echocardiography.
This involves using sound waves to diagnose issues with the heart that were previously only discovered via surgery.
Cardiovascular technologists who specialize in vascular technology will help treat and monitor those patients with high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases the likelihood of a stroke and it can also cause complications when the patient is having surgery.
Such patients will need a vascular technologist present to monitor their condition in particular oxygen saturation levels.
Who is suited to this role? The role of the cardiovascular technologist suits those with an interest in the field of rapidly changing medicine.
Procedures that are considered routine today were high risk only a few years ago.
If you gain your qualifications you can work virtually anywhere you like as the demand for such highly skilled professionals will always be there.