Knowledge and understanding of any condition is crucial to the long term management of any chronic condition. You now have a clearer picture of what exactly high blood pressure is, the impact on the body, the different types of hypertension that occur, and why it can be so dangerous if left untreated. Many people have no idea of what their current blood pressure readings are and therefore thousands of individuals are left untreated until it is too late. Please ensure that as an adult, you have regular blood pressure checks, even though you may not think hypertension prevails in your family history or that you don’t have any symptoms thereof. If you do have a family history of hypertension, then make sure you have an annual medical with an ECG (electrocardiogram), so that you can actively manage the condition and help prevent complications such as heart attack or stroke.