Why Become An EKG Technician

Doctors can learn very important things from looking at an EKG. In particular, they can detect irregularities in heartbeat patterns and rhythms that could be a sign of potential heart issues. An EKG Technician is the medical professional who is responsible for performing that produces called EKG.

EKG technicians, use electrocardiogram instruments to monitor the heart function of EKG Technicianpatients. They work in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, medical laboratories, outpatient centers and physician's offices.

EKG technicians are trained to perform electrocardiograms which are tests that monitor the heartbeat of patients. The EKG technician applies electrodes to the patient's body in order to perform the test, and then operates the EKG machine.

EKG technicians work in healthcare facilities with doctors and technologists and specialize in electrocardiogram (EKG) testing for patients. EKG machines are complex devices that monitors the heart's performance. This is done by attaching wires and electrodes to a patient's chest, arms and legs.

Cardiovascular technicians reported an average wage of $25.51 an hour to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012. They earned an average salary of $53,050 a year. The median-earning half of cardiovascular techs made between $17.76 and $32.46 an hour, while the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $13.38 or less per hour and the highest-paid 10 percent made $38.84 or more per hour.

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