Hypertension is when your blood pressure is consistently above normal. It is important to treat hypertension as it is a major risk factor for many diseases including stroke, heart and kidney disease. Those with family history of hypertension, use specific medications, and follow certain diets are at an increased risk of having hypertension. Many people may have hypertension and not even know it because they do not have symptoms. Given the complexity of treatment and risk, individualized treatment plans are important to prevent complications.