JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

"I found out kind of by accident because my wife is a nurse," said Chris Terry about his problem with high blood pressure.

Millions of Americans struggle with high blood pressure in the United States and they do not even know they have it. It is the cause of nearly 1,000 deaths per day and it is hitting closer to home than some may think.

"It's very common in this area and that is probably related to the lifestyle," said Dr. Marc Mayhew.

The lifestyle, Dr. Mayhew says, is directly related to fried foods, but eating unhealthy and not exercising are only two ways to develop high blood pressure; a third way could be involuntary. "Things we cannot control are family history that could propose someone to high blood pressure," said Dr. Mayhew.

We learned that the first time most people hear about it is when they go to the doctor's office for a routine checkup.

Even if you do not have high blood pressure, you should still take precautions and Dr. Mayhew says that exercise is the key. "Set aside anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes a day to go for a nice brisk walk," he advised.

Terry has been dealing with his high blood pressure for four years and told us there are a few things everyone needs to be aware of. "Eat right, get exercise and take your medication. That's probably the most important thing," said Terry.

We also learned that drinking a glass of wine can also help, but Dr. Mayhew says to not over do it because too much alcohol can actually raise your blood pressure.