What does a cardiac physiologist do?

Cardiac physiologist

Where you’ll meet them

In the cardiology department of your local hospital.

What they’ll do for you

They carry out cardiac tests, such as echocardiograms, ECGs, Holter monitors (24-hour ECG), blood pressure measurement, and tilt-table tests. They may also work in the catheter lab assisting with angiogram and angioplasty procedures, or pacemaker/ ICD implantation. You will also meet them if you have a  pacemaker and/ or ICD, for regular checkups. In some hospitals cardiac physiologists run chest pain clinics and are responsible for the long term monitoring of patients with heart valve disease or replacement valves.

Making the most of them

Ask them any questions you may have about your test and how it works. Cardiac physiologists are experts in the equipment they use but should also have good interpersonal skills and be able to reassure you if you are anxious or nervous.

Training

Usually a four-year vocational degree in clinical physiology (cardiology), including on the job training. They may also have additional qualifications and/ or have a specialism in a particular area.

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