Heart rate monitor

Cardiology Technician

Preparing patients, recording results and maintaining the equipment used to monitor and treat people for heart problems

How this role makes a difference

Your heart is the muscle at the centre of your circulation system. It plays a vital role in your health and fitness, pumping blood around your body to distribute oxygen and nutrients, and carrying away carbon dioxide and waste products.

A cardiology technician carries out tests on people’s hearts, to understand if they have any heart problems and are strong enough for medical treatment. The information they provide supports decisions around treatment and any additional care that’s needed. You could be the technician who provides essential heart health information to doctors to help patients get well again.

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Communicating complex ideas
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Attention to detail
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Instructing others
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Technologically minded

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Advising and reassuring patients as you carry out tests and apply monitoring equipment
  • Operating machines and capturing heart information
  • Reviewing the information that’s gathered
  • Recording results and sharing them with colleagues
  • Maintaining files of patients’ records
  • Comparing results from different tests
  • Engaging with other health professionals including anaesthetists, surgeons, healthcare scientists, cardiologists and specialist nurses

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

As you gain experience you could become a senior cardiographer who works with more complicated equipment and has greater responsibility for working directly with patients. They also support the work of other cardiographers.

Another option is to continue your training and development to degree level, completing a degree in healthcare science as part of the NHS Practitioner Training Programme. This enables you to work as a healthcare practitioner in healthcare sciences.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

You will work with a team of cardiologists and other healthcare professionals in a hospital’s cardiac department, and use specialist equipment to monitor patients’ heart and blood vessels. The main heart monitoring machine is called an electrocardiograph (ECG), but there are several others you could also be involved with to help monitor patients as they exercise, to create images of people’s hearts, and to monitor patients remotely as they go about their normal lives.

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