With the untimely death of actor Luke Perry at age 52, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Stroke Specialist, Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital, discuss renewed awareness.

The four key stroke warning signs known as FAST: Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911. Getting medical attention right away is critical. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Stroke treatments and survival rates have improved greatly over the last decade thanks to recent advances in technology.

Recent studies have demonstrated the impact of minimally invasive stroke surgery on relieving stroke symptoms and improving the chance of survival after a stroke occurs. Research has additionally shown that patients who receive stroke surgery increase their life expectancy by five years more than patients who do not receive this specialized treatment.

The Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island treats the complex stroke cases by combining the most advanced imaging capabilities in the area, including a 512 speed low-dose CT scanner, a biplane angiography system and the experience and skill of the Center’s specialized neuro-interventionalists, neuro-intensivists and intensive care trained nurses and support staff.