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Cardiology Technologist

Cardiology technologists perform cardiology tests to provide information needed to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In New Brunswick, cardiology technologists are frontline professionals, interacting with patients receiving cardiovascular care. They provide an essential service across the province and are often the first medical professionals to detect a patient’s heart problems, allowing patients to receive timely and often life-saving treatment. Cardiology technologists are a specialized group who operate electrocardiogram equipment and use medical imaging technologies to record cardiac activity. This role is essential to the effective diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of heart disease.

The tests carried out by cardiology technologists are non-invasive, including electrocardiograms, holter monitoring, cardiac device monitoring and programming, and exercise stress testing. Since cardiology technologists are on the frontlines of New Brunswick’s health care system, you will be required to have strong communication skills and an ability to help patients feel comfortable during the test, which may be the moment something life-threatening is detected.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Mature and self-confident
  • Emotionally stable
  • Understanding and patient
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to think and act quickly and appropriately in high-stress/emergency situation

cardiology technologistS in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Performing cardiovascular procedures and tests
  • Preparing patients for testing
  • Providing explanations to patients or family and clarifing procedural requirements for various tests
  • Ensuring patient comfort and safety during tests
  • Providing results of diagnostic procedures for physician interpretation

Cardiology technologists in New Brunswick, as elsewhere, often work irregular hours and shifts that include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, and may be expected to help lift and move patients from wheelchairs to beds. Cardiology technologists work throughout New Brunswick in the province’s hospitals.

Licensure and certification: must be actively registered with the New Brunswick Society of Cardiology Technologists (NBSCT) and successfully complete the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologist National Exam.

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