checkupHypertension is known as one of the silent killer diseases because it may often not cause symptoms until a life threatening event occurs such as a heart attack or a stroke.  Hypertension can occur because of family genetics, other illness, or simply from poor lifestyle habits.  There are good medications to treat hypertension.  It is important to have your blood pressure checked periodically to see if it is in the hypertensive range – normally 140/90 or higher.  Hypertension is usually diagnosed after more than one elevated blood pressure reading.  If your blood pressure readings are elevated, lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, reducing salt intake, losing weight (if overweight), quitting smoking, and reducing stress can help manage hypertension.