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Catholic Health Chairman of Neurointerventional Services and Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island, Kimon Bekelis, MD, shares what you need to know about aphasia after actor Bruce Willis was recently diagnosed. 

Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, according to a statement posted by his family on social media.

Aphasia is a condition that affects your ability to communicate. It primarily impacts speech but can also affect the way you write, read and listen. 

Although it was not clear what happened to Willis, the most common cause of aphasia is a stroke or head injury.

Aphasia can be a debilitating consequence of stroke. It immediately affects somebody’s ability to understand or produce speech.

Someone experiencing aphasia may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Speak in short, incomplete sentences that don’t make sense
  • Have trouble paying attention during a conversation
  • Write unrecognizable words

As aphasia is often the cause of something more significant, if your loved one is experiencing any of the above signs, seek help immediately by calling 9-1-1. 

When somebody is exhibiting signs and symptoms of stroke, receiving immediate medical attention is key to prevent death or severe disability. Getting care at a comprehensive stroke center like the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center at Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, NY) in a timely manner is of paramount importance.

Learn more about the stroke services offered at Catholic Health. To make an appointment with a Catholic Health physician near you, please call 866-MY-LI-DOC (866-695-4362). 

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