In case of stroke, immediate recognition of symptoms and transportation to the emergency department is crucial to limit potential brain damage. If you suspect you or someone near you is having a stroke, call an emergency medical team immediately. To emphasize the urgency of the call, you should describe the symptoms and the possibility that a stroke is occurring. Every minute that the affected areas of the brain are deprived of oxygen puts the vulnerable nerve cells at risk. Brain damage resulting from a stroke can affect a person’s speech, movement, memory, and even result in death.