SUMMIT, NJ — Often in a medical emergency, time is of the essence and can be the difference between life and death.

May is Stroke Awareness Month and doctors say that time is a critically important tool in a their arsenal in treating stroke to prevent irreparable, devastating damage to the brain.

According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, and strokes are a leading cause of long-term disability.

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“Stroke, Every Second Counts” — airing on PIX11 May 22 at 6 p.m. — will share life-saving information about this disease. The half-hour special, hosted by PIX11 news anchor Tamsen Fadal will review the warning signs and symptoms of  stroke, who’s at risk, prevention and the latest advancements in treatment, including cutting edge telemedicine technology.

Robert Felberg, MD, director, Comprehensive Stroke Center; Gary Belt, MD, stroke neurologist; and Paul Saphier, MD, endovascular neurosurgeon, all at Overlook Medical Center, and two of their stroke patients, a woman from Hackettstown who was treated for a hemorrhagic stroke, and a man from Westfield who was treated for an ischemic stroke, are all featured in “Every Second Counts.”