Cardiac Physiologists are involved in and responsible for the recording and analysis of various physiological data on suspected or known cardiac disease required to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.
Cardiac physiologists are professionals that operate in a highly scientific environment, which primarily include interfaces linking technological equipment and the patient. Most cardiac physiologists work in outpatient cardiology department performing and reporting variety of cardiac examinations, some work in cardiac catheterisation laboratory or cardiac electrophysiology study laboratory as part of multidisciplinary medical team. These provide valuable clinical and functional information to doctors, surgeons and the medical team.
Cardiac physiologists perform multiple examinations such as ECG, stress tests, holter monitors, blood pressure monitors, echocardiograms to diagnose and often follow up numerous conditions. Conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias, bradycardia, heart blocks, achyarrhythmias, coronary artery disease, angina/ischaemia, cardiac aneurysms, cardiomyopathies and various other conditions are commonly diagnosed and followed up.
Furthermore, cardiac physiologist aid in implanting, checking and following up multiple implantable devices such as loop recorders, pacemakers, ICDs and CRTs. Currently, there are numerous amount of cardiac units in both private and public sectors in Ireland, and there are number of units still developing and increasing in capacity.
In a Cardiac Physiology Department, the Cardiac Physiologist performs the following tests:
- Echocardiography/cardiac ultrasound
- Dobutamine Stress Echoes
- Implantable cardiac device checks, diagnostics and therapy
- Electrophysiology and Cath Lab monitoring
- Electrocardiograms (ECG)
- Exercise ECGs
- Blood Pressure Monitors