Cardiac sciences

Cardiac science involves analysing known and suspected heart disease.

If you work in cardiac sciences, you’ll carry out crucial diagnostic, monitoring and analytical procedures for patients with known or suspected heart disease. You’ll also assist in interventional procedures.

Working life

In cardiac sciences, you’ll be assessing patients during what can be a distressing time in their lives.You’ll have a lot of direct patient contact, working with people of all ages, ranging from babies to the elderly.

Depending on your role, you could be carrying out a range of procedures in cardiac sciences including:

Roles in cardiac sciences

In cardiac sciences, there are various roles you could consider, including:

Healthcare science assistant or associate

As a healthcare science assistant or associate in cardiac sciences (such as a cardiographer) you’ll undertake routine tests for patients such as electrocardiograms (ECGs) and blood pressure measurement. The majority of your work involves working directly with patients.

Find out more about healthcare science assistants and associates.

Healthcare science practitioner

As a healthcare science practitioner in cardiac sciences, you’ll:

Your job will vary depending on the types of procedures carried out by the hospital in which you’re working, but will usually include:

Clinical scientist

If you’re a clinical scientist in cardiac sciences, you’ll:

'I’m qualified to perform a range of diagnostic cardiac tests such as ECGs, exercise tolerance tests and ‘tilt’ tests, and 24 hour heart monitors.'

Samantha Thorn, trainee healthcare scientist

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Who will I work with?

You’ll work as part of a large team providing care to patients. This team includes anaesthetists, surgeons, healthcare science assistants and associates, cardiologists (doctors), specialist nurses (including theatre nurses), operating department practitioners and radiographers.

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