What Cardiovascular Techs Wish Their Patients Knew
Cardiovascular technologists play an indispensable role in detecting heart-related conditions like blood clots, arrhythmia, and birth defects. The medical team (including cardiologists, physicians, and surgeons) depend on their knowledge and skills to make educated diagnoses.
Most members of the public, however, don’t know much about cardiovascular technologists because they tend to work more behind the scenes than their medical counterparts.
Read on to become more familiar about this exciting field – and discover how you can even join this rewarding allied health career without a medical degree!
1. Cardiovascular Techs Aren’t Doctors...
Like most allied health professionals, registered non-invasive CTs perform tests (like cardiac sonography or peripheral vascular sonography) under the supervision and direction of physicians. They may also assist during medical emergencies when heart attacks are suspected.
Invasive cardiovascular technologists with more experience may be asked to join the surgical team during procedures like cardiac catheterization and stent implants.
Only medical doctors can diagnose patients, but they’re able to do so by using the information from expertly-taken tests.
2. ...But They’re Still Certified Health Professionals
Even though CTs don’t have to obtain a medical degree to work, they go through rigorous hands-on training to become experts in their field. In fact, cardiovascular technology programs average between 2 and 3 years, longer than almost every other allied health career.
So while patients can’t ask them for a diagnosis, they can definitely depend on receiving excellent care from a passionate, accredited cardiovascular tech.