Rapid Response for Successful Outcomes
Catholic Health hospitals are New York State Department of Health-designated stroke centers and meet the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines®” standards for rapid stroke diagnosis and stroke treatment. Catholic Health stroke experts include neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses and stroke coordinators who identify the causes of a stroke and find risk factors that could cause another stroke in the future.
Every second matters for stroke patients. Immediate medical attention is lifesaving and can reduce the possibility of long-term brain damage and complications. All Catholic Health hospitals, located in Nassau and Suffolk counties, have a team of stroke experts available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® and Good Samaritan Hospital are rated by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in stroke.
Stroke Types & Treatments
Catholic Health uses the latest and most advanced diagnostic technologies to identify if your type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke or an ischemic stroke. Several Catholic Health hospitals use telestroke video to give neurologists quicker access to diagnose and prescribe life-saving treatments.
An ischemic stroke happens when an artery in the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This blockage reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which leads to damage or loss of brain cells.
Stroke patients may get a medicine called a thrombolytic to dissolve a clot and improve blood flow to the brain if they get to a hospital within four-and-a-half hours of initial stroke symptoms.
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Blood then accumulates in the tissues around the burst vessel, leading to pressure on the brain and loss of blood in the surrounding areas.
Treatments include endovascular procedures in which a physician inserts a long tube through a major artery in an arm or leg. They then thread the tube to the site of the break in the blood vessel and install a device, such as a coil, to repair the damage or prevent more bleeding.
Hemorrhagic strokes can also be treated with surgery to insert a metal clip to stop the bleeding.
Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Care
A Comprehensive Stroke Center provides more specialized care for patients with complex strokes.
Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital
- The Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, NY) is the only Comprehensive Stroke Center on the south shore of Long Island.
- Good Samaritan Hospital is the only hospital on Long Island to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and New York State Department of Health.
- Treats complex stroke cases by combining advanced imaging capabilities, including a 512 speed low-dose CT scanner, a biplane angiography system and the experience and skill of specialized neurointerventionalists, neurointensivists and intensive care trained nurses and support staff.
Kimon Bekelis, MD, Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital; Catholic Health Chair of Neurointerventional Services
A Primary Stroke Center stabilizes and provides emergency care for patients with an acute stroke.
St. Charles Hospital is home to the only stroke rehabilitation specialty program on Long Island, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The hospital's CARF-accredited pediatric rehabilitation specialty program offers care for children who have experienced a stroke.
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Catholic Health neurointervention specialists provide care at our hospitals across Long Island. They are leaders in brain aneurysms, endovascular, stroke and other cerebrovascular pathology.
Care is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.View neurointervention services
Good Samaritan Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®, and St. Joseph Hospital received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award.
St. Charles Hospital received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Call 9-1-1 immediately so treatment can be given quickly. Being fast to seek medical attention may be the difference between ability and disability or even life and death.
Stroke risk factors include:
- Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
- Carotid artery disease
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Peripheral artery disease
- Physical inactivity