What Are the Most Common Symptoms of CVA?

The most common symptoms of cerebrovascular accident, or stroke, include trouble speaking and understanding; paralysis or numbness of the arm, face or leg; vision impairment; headache; and loss of balance or coordination, according to Mayo Clinic. Patients should seek medical help even if symptoms fluctuate or disappear.

The specific symptoms of a stroke ultimately depend on the individual and where in the brain it occurs, explains Healthline. Symptoms tend to appear suddenly and may become worse over time.

Lifestyle risk factors for a stroke include physical inactivity, being overweight or obese, excessive drinking and use of illicit drugs, warns Mayo Clinic.