The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist Professional
The invasive cardiovascular technologist is a health care professional who, through the use of specific high-technology
equipment and at the direction of a qualified physician, performs procedures on patients leading to the diagnosis and
treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease.
As a member of the cardiac catheterization team, the cardiovascular technologist is a surgical scrub assistant,
monitors the patient's condition, and operates other "CATH Lab." equipment.
The most important "CATH Lab" studies are coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (where stents,
balloons, plaque removal devices, and other treatments to restore blood flow are deployed), right heart catheterization
(where blood flow measurements are made), electrophysiology (where irregular heartbeats are created, studied and
treated) and pacemaker implantations.
Invasive cardiovascular technologists also work with physicians during critical times during heart attacks
by restoring blood flow to diseased areas of the heart. They assist with percutaneous revascularization, give
clot-dissolving drugs, and operate cardiac assist pumps.
The Cardiovascular Technology Programs (Invasive and Noninvasive) are accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular