Invasive Cardiac Catheterization
The Invasive Cardiac Catheterization Technologist works with physicians in the cardiac catheterization laboratory to diagnose and treat heart patients. Cardiac catheterization refers to the method of inserting small catheters through a needle into the blood vessels and into the heart so that X-rays, angiograms and other recordings can be taken to determine the heart's structure and function.
As a member of the cardiac catheterization team, the cardiovascular technologist serves as a surgical scrub assistant, monitors the patient's hemodynamic and physiologic condition, circulates and administers drugs, and operates additional laboratory equipment.
Cardiac Cath studies consist of diagnostic and interventional procedures such as coronary and cardiac angiography, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (in which a balloon catheter is used to open clogged arteries) and right heart catheterization (in which blood flow measurements are made).
Students concentrate on the technical and clinical duties related to Invasive Cardiac Catheterization Technology. Upon completion of the didactic classroom training of specific invasive cardiac catheterization theory, the student rotates through clinical sites for hands-on experience. Students may take the nationally recognized board exam in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology administered by CCI upon completion of the program.