Symptoms of a cerebral stroke include weakness or numbness on one side of the body that affects the face, arm or leg; loss or impairment of vision; and impairment of speech or difficulty talking, according to WebMD. Other symptoms include sudden or severe headache and loss of balance.
Cerebral strokes, or hemorrhagic strokes, occur as the result of a break or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain, explains WebMD. As blood leaks into the brain tissue, brain cells become damaged, causing varying debilitating symptoms. Although high blood pressure and brain aneurysms are the most common causes of hemorrhagic strokes, monitoring and controlling blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity can prevent up to half of all strokes.