“Blood pressure”, also known as “hypertension”, is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and other health problems. Ask your doctor what your blood-pressure range should be, and have it checked regularly.
About one in three adults in the U.S. has HBP. It’s important to take your medication for HBP as prescribed to prevent complications from the condition. Knowing your blood pressure is important, even when you’re feeling fine. High blood pressure is something that you usually cannot feel; the only way to know is to have it checked.
— Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute