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Having Faith in Your Doctor is Power

Mary Traxler, UC San Diego Health System Patient

So is knowing UC San Diego Health System offers the most advanced techniques for treating vascular disease.

Mary Traxler was scared. She was having a hard time walking, a hard time speaking and a hard time remembering things. And no wonder: the left carotid artery in her neck was 99% blocked.

After she was diagnosed at UC San Diego Health System, Mary’s best option was a carotid endarterectomy, a surgery to remove the plaque buildup. Mary did her homework, then asked her surgeon some tough questions — like “How many of these have you done?” When he said over 300, she knew she was in good hands. With her confidence in the power of academic medicine, Mary came through with flying colors.