Heart (journal)

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Former names
British Heart Journal
Discipline Cardiology
Language English
Edited by Catherine Otto
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biweekly
ISSN 1355-6037 (print)
1468-201X (web)
OCLC no. 34055332

Heart is a biweekly peer-reviewed medical journal covering all areas of cardiovascular medicine and surgery. It is the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society. It was established in 1939 as the British Heart Journal and is published by the BMJ Group.[1] The name was changed from British Heart Journal to Heart in 1996 with the start of volume 75.

Topics covered include coronary disease, electrophysiology, valve disease, imaging techniques, congenital heart disease (fetal, paediatric, and adult), heart failure, surgery, and basic science. Each issue also contains an extensive continuing professional education section ("Education in Heart").

The journal is available online by subscription, with archives from before 2006 accessible free of charge. The editor-in-chief is Catherine Otto (University of Washington).[1]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed by Index Medicus, Science Citation Index, and Excerpta Medica. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2016 impact factor is 6.059, ranking it 17th out of 126 journals in the category "Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems".[2]


The following persons have been editor-in-chief of the journal:

  • D Even Bedford, J M Campbell 1939-?
  • K. Shirley Smith ?-1972
  • Walter Somerville 1973-?
  • Roger Hall ?-2006
  • Adam Timmis 2007-2013
  • Catherine Otto 2014-present


  1. ^ a b Heart Homepage
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 

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