Medical Assistants and Their Role in Cardiology

Medical Assistants and Their Role in Cardiology

Course Overview

There are many specialties a medical assistant may work in, and each of the specialties (depending on the facility) incorporates specific tasks and responsibilities that pertain to that specialty. In this article, we will be learning about the duties in a Cardiology practice.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 2 clinical CEUs. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the course content or the course provider.

Author Information

Medical Program Director
Dr. Brian Dickens is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) and subject matter expert in the medical assisting and allied health fields.

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Disclosure statement: Dr. Brian Dickens reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this educational activity or other business activity.

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Intended Audience

This training course is an overview of the functions of a medical assistant in a Cardiology/Cardiac care within a medical facility and is generally taken by employees who have previously completed a clinical role or related schooling. It is developed for clinical supervisors, allied health care employees, and trainees who work within the healthcare environment of Cardiology or Cardiac care.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the daily tasks in preparing for patients and procedures
  • Describe different types of medications in cardiology
  • Provide an overview of an Ankle Brachial Index
  • Perform an ECG/EKG and understand some interpretations
  • Explain a Holter monitor, stress test, nuclear stress test, and echocardiography
  • Explain a cardiac catheterization procedure
  • Demonstrate proper documentation techniques

Course outline

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Daily Preparation Tasks and Responsibilities
  • 3. Medications
    • Statins
    • Ace inhibitors
    • Beta blockers
    • Calcium channel blockers
    • Anticoagulants
  • 4. Ankle Brachial Index
  • 5. Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
    • Lead placement
    • EKG tracings and readings
  • 6. Holter Monitor
  • 7. Stress Test
  • 8. Cardiac Catheterization
  • 9. Documentation
  • 10. Test
  • 11. References


This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Assistant role as it pertains to Cardiology and is not a comprehensive guide to Cardiac compliance. Regulation by those that perform Cardiology procedures as a Medical Assistant are obligated to comply with all of its requirements of the agencies and employer and should not refer to this program as a guide of legal information or advice.
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