Cardiac Physiologist Kaimātai Manawa

Cardiac physiologists use a variety of technical equipment to monitor, record, measure and analyse the way patients' hearts are working to help doctors diagnose and treat patients with heart disease.

Cardiac physiologists may do some or all of the following:

  • operate computerised equipment to monitor and record the electrical activity generated by the heart 
  • analyse heart function and blood flow data through catheters (thin tubes) placed within the heart
  • monitor patients during exercise tests checking for heart disease
  • take ultrasound pictures of patients' hearts to check heart function and identify abnormalities
  • test pacemakers while they are being implanted in the patient and during patient follow up
  • analyse and programme pacemakers to ensure they work well
  • interpret patients' test results, and write reports to help the cardiologist decide on treatment
  • take part in research projects.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cardiac physiologists includes:

  • other medical technician or hospital-based work
  • experience dealing with the public
  • working with technology.

Personal Qualities

Cardiac physiologists need to be:

  • responsible and reliable
  • able to stay focused and accurate
  • able to remain calm in emergencies and to work well under pressure
  • aware and understanding of a range of different cultures
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • good communicators
  • good at record-keeping.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cardiac physiologists includes:

  • other medical technician or hospital-based work
  • experience dealing with the public
  • working with technology.

Subject Recommendations

Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

Cardiac Physiologists can earn around $41K-$60K per year per year.

Cardiac physiologists may progress into more senior roles or into managerial positions.

They may also move into specialist roles once initial training has been completed, by completing additional on-the-job training. Specialist roles include:

Electrophysiology Technologist
Electrophysiology technologists monitor a patient's heart activity during an electrophysiological (EP) study.
Pacing Technologist
Pacing technologists assist in implanting pacemakers in patients and carrying out follow up checks.
Cardiac Physiologist