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Cardiovascular TechniciansHealth Science
Cardiovascular technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.
Average Military Salary
Cardiovascular technicians specialize in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. They administer and document tests to obtain diagnostic data on the condition of the heart, to include electrocardiography, echocardiography, holter monitoring, and cardiac stress testing. They also assist physicians with diagnostic and interventional catheterizations, perform device implantations, and conduct electrophysiology studies.
All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Cardiovascular technicians receive classroom and on-the-job medical training, through which they develop skills in providing basic patient care. Training content may include:
- Diagnostic methods and procedures
- Operation and maintenance of diagnostic equipment
- Preparation of patients for testing
- Methods of resuscitation
- Minor surgical procedures
- Emergency medical treatment
- Clinical laboratory procedures
- Cardiac tests and examinations
- Assisting physicians with cardiovascular tasks
- Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
- Ability to keep accurate records
- Interest in electronic equipment
- Interest in learning how the heart, lungs, and blood work together
- Concern for others
Related Civilian Careers
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
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