American Journal of Hypertension

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American Journal of Hypertension  
Discipline Cardiovascular medicine
Language English
Edited by Michael H. Alderman
Publication details
Former name(s)
Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
Standard abbreviations
Am. J. Hypertens.
ISSN 0895-7061 (print)
1941-7225 (web)
OCLC no. 16748912

The American Journal of Hypertension is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal covering the field of cardiovascular medicine. It is published by Oxford University Press and the editor-in-chief is Michael H. Alderman (Albert Einstein College of Medicine). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 3.402, ranking it 20th out of 65 journals in the category "Peripheral Vascular Disease".[1]


It was established in 1985 as the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, obtaining its current name in 1988.[2][3] It was originally published quarterly by Elsevier,[2] which transferred it to Nature Publishing Group beginning in 2008,[4][5] but the journal is now published monthly by Oxford University Press,[3] which acquired the journal in 2012. Oxford University Press' first issue of the journal was published in January 2013.[6]

From its founding until 2005, the journal was the official journal of the American Society of Hypertension. In 2005, led by editor Michael Alderman, the journal split from the society to become and independent entity due to what the journal editors saw as an increasing involvement with industry on the part of the society.[7] Since then, the society has started its own journal, the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension.

Controversial salt research[edit]

In 2011, a meta-analysis published in the journal found no strong evidence that reducing salt consumption decreased all-cause mortality or cardiovascular morbidity.[8][9] Its conclusions were at odds with those of previously conducted observational studies, which some researchers suggested was because the new meta-analysis did not look at enough patients.[10]

In March 2014, another meta-analysis was published in the journal which found that reduced salt consumption and increased salt consumption, relative to the typical amount consumed by Americans, were associated with increased mortality.[11] The study proved controversial because it found that the level of salt consumption associated with the best health outcomes was between 2,645 and 4,945 mg/day, which is much higher than the CDC's recommendations.[12] The American Heart Association criticized the study, saying that it "relied on flawed data."[13]


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Peripheral Vascular Disease". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Journal of clinical hypertension". NLM Catalog. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "American Journal of Hypertension". NLM Catalog. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Clarke, Maxine (31 January 2008). "American Journal of Hypertension at NPG". Nautilus Blog. Nature. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Journal Transfers". ScienceDirect. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Oxford University Press acquires American Journal of Hypertension". Oxford University Press. 28 August 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "The American Journal of Hypertension Withdraws from Its Affiliation with the American Society of Hypertension. A Report to Our Readers". Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Taylor, RS; Ashton, KE; Moxham, T; Hooper, L; Ebrahim, S (August 2011). "Reduced dietary salt for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (Cochrane review)". American Journal of Hypertension. 24 (8): 843–53. doi:10.1038/ajh.2011.115. PMID 21731062. 
  9. ^ Moyer, Melinda (8 July 2011). "It's Time to End the War on Salt". Scientific American. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Callaway, Ewen (6 July 2011). "Review adds salt to a familiar concern". Nature News. doi:10.1038/news.2011.401. 
  11. ^ Graudal, N.; Jurgens, G.; Baslund, B.; Alderman, M. H. (26 March 2014). "Compared With Usual Sodium Intake, Low- and Excessive-Sodium Diets Are Associated With Increased Mortality: A Meta-Analysis". American Journal of Hypertension. 27 (9): 1129–1137. doi:10.1093/ajh/hpu028. PMID 24651634. 
  12. ^ Bakalar, Nicholas (22 April 2014). "Study Linking Illness and Salt Leaves Researchers Doubtful". New York Times. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Reduced salt intake critical, American Heart Association says". AHA Blog. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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