A Career Diagnosing Heart Health
A Career Diagnosing Heart Health

Cardiovascular technologist training offered for the first time in Malaysia as a four-year bachelor’s degree programme by Management and Science University (MSU)  

Heart disease was found by the National Statistics Department to be a major cause of death in Malaysia between 2005 and 2014. Heart-disease deaths claimed 57.6% males and 42.4% females from the 13.5% statistics recorded in 2014.

Cardiovascular disease encapsulates all diseases of the heart and blood vessels including coronary heart disease (angina and heart attack), arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), and stroke. Its diagnosis calls for the expertise of a cardiovascular technologist – the health professional helping doctors develop correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis of heart and heart-related conditions from definable data obtained through cardiovascular diagnostics. 

Cardiac technology has advanced rapidly into a cutting-edge technology with many sub-specialties. Each specialty’s daily activities of a cardiovascular technologist vary but generally his or her job role besides performing ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures include reviewing the attending physician’s interpretations as well as the patient’s files and monitoring the patient’s heart rate. Cardiovascular technologists are also responsible for explaining test procedures and comparing the findings to a set of standards in identifying specific heart conditions. 

At an MSU facility integrating cardiovascular technology training 

Cardiac technology diagnostic tools include electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), echocardiogram, cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cardiovascular technologists specializing in invasive procedures are called cardiology technologists, who help doctors determine if there is blockage in the blood vessels to the heart. Non-invasive technologists can be electrocardiograph (ECG/EKG) technicians or vascular technologists, who evaluate pulses and assess blood flow in arteries and veins before performing a non-invasive procedure to record the heart’s blood pressure and oxygen saturation, among others.

Most cardiovascular technologists work in hospitals but they also serve private practices, educational facilities, medical centers, laboratories, or diagnostic units; as Echocardiographer, Cardiac Sonographer, Cardiac Stress Technologist, ECG/EKG Technologist, Catheterization Technologist, Cardiology Technologist, Cardiopulmonary Technologist, and various other job titles. As cardiac technology improves parallel with increasing numbers of people affected by heart conditions caused by modern lifestyles, employment of cardiovascular technologists is also expected to rise.

Management & Science University (MSU) is the first in Malaysia to offer a four-year Bachelor in Cardiovascular Technology (Honours) programme. Complementing the increasing need for highly skilled personnel, the academic programme delivered by the MSU Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS) is tailored to the recommendations of the cardiovascular technologist community via the Malaysian Society of Cardiovascular Technology. Designed to meet modern clinical challenges, the MSU Bachelor in Cardiovascular Technology (Honours) programme prepares graduates to serve society’s diagnostic needs in ensuring a nation of healthy hearts.  

Visit the MSU Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (FHLS) to find out more about entry requirements for the Bachelor in Cardiovascular Technology (Honours) programme or place an enquiry.