How to Become an EKG Tech in Ohio - OH
By Jennifer Williams, allied health world Contributing Writer
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In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control revealed that stroke was responsible for 5,828 deaths in Ohio, which was roughly 5.5% of all deaths that year. Even more shocking is the fact that 27,886 Ohio residents died that year of heart disease, attributing 26.1% of all deaths that year to heart disease.
While these are certainly shocking statistics, the fact remains that the risk factors for stroke and heart disease in Ohio residents are steadily growing. Consider this: about 28.4% of Ohio residents have high blood pressure, 9.5% have diabetes, 50% do not exercise on a regular basis, and 63.5% are considered either overweight or obese.
With the onset of such risk factors, there will be an increased demand for EKG technicians in Ohio over the next few years, particularly as the population continues to age and the need for cardiac diagnostics becomes more prevalent.
EKG technicians in Ohio are not regulated by state licensure, but there are national certification organizations which offer credentialing to qualified candidates. The purpose of EKG technician certification in Ohio is to signify to the public and to healthcare providers that you are highly knowledge about the anatomy of the heart and its pathologies and how to use EKG technology to investigate the overall function of the heart.
The three organizations that offer credentialing to EKG technicians in Ohio include the Cardiovascular Credentialing International, the National Center for Competency Testing, and the National Association for Health Professionals.