To better understand, disseminate, and evaluate the vast accumulation of data on hypertension, and to provide a separate forum for those involved in the study or management of high blood pressure, 17 world-famous clinicians and scientists met in 1985 and formed the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH). ASH is the largest organization in the United States devoted exclusively to hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases, with a national and international membership of physicians & scientists and other health care providers as well as individuals with a scientific interest in hypertension.
From 2006-2007, the Society reevaluated its mission and determined it’s vision - to eliminate hypertension and its consequences. The primary mission of the Society is to improve the care of patients with hypertension and associated disorders. ASH is committed to enhancing the education and treatment of patients with hypertension; assisting health care professionals in addressing the challenges of the modern-day care of patients with hypertension; advocating public policy that ensures patient access to high quality hypertension care and that supports increased hypertension research; facilitating communication and collaboration among providers, investigators, policymakers, industry and patients in areas relating to hypertension and vascular health; and promoting the career development of researchers in hypertension and associated disorders, including research in the pathobiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and psychosocial aspects of hypertension.