"Don't wait," said Dr. Larry Goldstein, director of Duke University's stroke center and a spokesman for the American Stroke Association. "If you think you are having symptoms, call 911."Symptoms to watch out for, from the National Stroke Association's F-A-S-T description:
F = Face
• Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arms
• Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech
• Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
T = Time
• If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.