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For patients with heart conditions, access to advanced, high-quality cardiovascular care is vital. Now, patients in South Jersey have it.
Inspira Medical Group Cardiology has welcomed its first structural cardiologist, Jean Bertrand Gué, M.D., F.A.C.C., to the team of providers at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. Dr. Gué began his medical school studies at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and received his medical doctorate from New York Medical College as part of the fifth pathway program. He completed his residency and fellowship training in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Cooper University Health Care
Dr. Gué is board-certified in adult echocardiography, internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Dr. Gué is also a member provider with Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira.
From the Classroom to the Operating Room
Dr. Gué was drawn to cardiology as a specialty because it combines academia and clinical practice. “Putting academia into practice is like instant gratification, which is quite fascinating,” he said. “Cardiology is a combination of how I can help a patient with medication as well as interventions like cardiac catheterization.”
As both an interventional and structural cardiologist, Dr. Gué uses treatment methods that address conditions affecting the heart’s chambers and valves. “An interventional cardiologist can do things like clear and prevent further blockages by placing a stent in a coronary artery,” he said. “But a structural cardiologist can treat conditions that affect the chambers of the heart—like a hole in the heart due to a massive myocardial infarction.”
Treating the Heart’s Chambers, Valves and Walls
While he sees many different types of patients, Dr. Gué can provide treatment for conditions like valve disease, patent foramen ovales (PFOs) and atrial fibrillation (AFib). He specializes in procedures such as MitraClip™, a procedure that fixes the mitral valve; implantation of the WATCHMAN™ left atrial appendage closure device, a long-term treatment for AFib that can get patients off of blood thinners; and PFO closure using catheter-based procedures. “There are limitless options for treatments within structural cardiology,” said Dr. Gué.
In addition to treating the heart and arteries themselves, Dr. Gué also provides peripheral therapies and procedures, such as those in the arterial and venous system. Through Dr. Gué’s affiliation with Cardiac Partners, he is able to perform these advanced procedures with the added confidence of surgical-level tertiary expertise at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.
Embracing Patient Education
Dr. Gué strives to be on the cutting edge of treatment options to provide the best care possible to his patients. And at Inspira, patient safety is just as important as advanced treatment methods—something that Dr. Gué wholeheartedly embraces.
His patient care philosophy centers upon the idea that medical care is a team effort. “My job is not to tell the patients what to do, but to educate them on their options,” said Dr. Gué. “I’m not just going to prescribe a medication to a patient with heart disease—I’ll tell them why I’m prescribing it, what the benefits are and what may happen if they don’t take it.”
Dr. Gué also believes that preventive medicine is always the best approach. “Monitoring patients and sharing information between primary care providers and other specialists can help us shine a light on patient conditions and prevent serious complications in the future,” he said.
To learn more about the structural and interventional cardiac treatments offered by Dr. Gué, or to discuss a possible patient referral to his program, please call the Inspira Medical Group Cardiology office in Mullica Hill at 856-508-3707.