High blood pressure, or hypertension (HTN), is a common condition in the United States. High blood pressure is termed a “silent killer” because it usually does not have symptoms but can cause significant cardiovascular and organ damage. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get tested. High blood pressure can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medications. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to life threatening medical conditions. High blood pressure usually does not have symptoms. High blood pressure has been termed a “silent killer” because although people may not have symptoms, progressive damage can occur to the heart, blood vessels, and other organs. People can have high blood pressure for years and not know it. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it measured with a blood pressure cuff. Having your blood pressure checked is quick and painless. A blood pressure cuff is placed around your arm and inflated. As air in the cuff is released, a person listens to your pulse. Blood pressure is classified as normal, prehypertension, or high. The goal of treatment is to keep blood pressure below 140/90 mmHg. The goal is lower, 125-130/80 mmHg, for people with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or a prior heart attack or stroke. You doctor can tell you what your specific goal should be. Treatment of secondary conditions can return blood pressure to normal. Treatment for high blood pressure usually consists of lifestyle changes, medications, or both.