3 min read • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure is consistently above 120/80 mmHg. Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. When this happens, it can put strain on your heart and damage other organs in your body. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. That's why it's important to recognize high blood pressure, even when there are no symptoms, and get treated if necessary.