EKG technicians – also known as electrocardiogram technicians – monitor and test a patient’s cardiovascular performance using EKG equipment. An EKG technician is a cardiology technologist with specialized training in operating equipment used to measure a patient’s heart performance.

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, monitors a patient’s heart by tracing electrical impulses given by the heart. The technician attaches electrodes to the chest, arms, and legs of the patient, and then controls the EKG machine to best obtain a reading, which they then print out for the physician to look over and interpret. EKGs can be part of a physical exam done for routine check ups, or as part of preparation for surgery. They help the physician diagnose cardiovascular problems.  They report their findings to physicians who make diagnostic decisions based on the results. EKG technicians are also responsible for the maintenance of equipment and preparing patients for various cardiovascular tests.

Most of the EKG tech jobs will be found in hospitals, but some doctor’s offices also staff this position. EKG techs typically work standard 40 hour weeks, although the occasional weekend will also be required. EKG technicians working in labs tend to put in longer working hours and may be on call.

They say you should keep your job close to your heart. But what if your job means getting close to someone else’s heart? EKG technicians work in healthcare facilities with doctors and technologists and specialize in electrocardiogram (EKG) testing for patients.