Troy Hodge was only 41 years old when a vessel in his brain burst. "You don't think of things you can't do until you can't do them," he says. Matailong Du/NPR hide caption

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Strokes On The Rise Among Younger Adults

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For people 50 and older at a high risk for heart disease or stroke, an aggressive approach to treatment has advantages. But there are risks, too. iStockphoto hide caption

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A landmark federal study was halted when early results showed that lowering patients' top blood pressure number to 120 or lower led to dramatic reductions in heart disease and deaths. iStockphoto hide caption

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Aggressively Lowering Blood Pressure Saves Lives, Study Finds

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Steaks on the grill at the Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo. So far there are no figures that show if the table salt ban, which was enacted a few years ago, is actually making a difference in Uruguayans' health. Travel Aficionado/Flickr hide caption

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Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

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Long-Term Depression May Boost Stroke Risk Long After Mood Improves

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Esther Okaya has a health problem that is a growing concern in Sub-Saharan Africa: high blood pressure. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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Africans Are Introduced To The Blood Pressure Cuff

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Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure

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Nutrition fact labels are good but confusing, consumers say. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The use of multiple blood pressure medications may be helping some Americans bring their hypertension under control. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Doctors' Due Diligence: Measuring Kids' Blood Pressure

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The standard technique for measuring blood pressure may not be good enough. /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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