Fayore Curry, 47, a Chicago mental health worker whose unlined face and trim figure belie her age, knew from her first pregnancy at age 21 that she had high blood pressure. But it was not until two years ago that she realized what it meant. One day, a friend told her that she was slurring her words; her boyfriend noticed that she was limping; she herself found that she could not comb her hair. She then drove to a hospital, where she learned that she had suffered a stroke.

John Wilson, 57, a...

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