For the past 20-30years, Korea envisaged an increase in morbidity and death rates of cerebrocardiovascular diseases, as a result of industrialization in Korea. With over 25% of the total population suffering from hypertension and the losses due to complications, as a result of this situation, the Korean Society of Circulation was called for to take action. To cope with increasing scientific needs, a committee was launched within the Korean Society of Circulation to set up a society of hypertension research in July 1990. In March 1994, a preparatory meeting was held to launch the Korean Society of Hypertension, which was then registered in the same year during the 15th International Society of Hypertension, and initiated its official activities. On June 10, 1994, at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, the inaugural conference of the Korean Society of Hypertension was held.
Today, the Korean Society of Hypertension has become the center of clinical research, epidemiology, preventive medicine and basic research. Since its first academic meeting in November 1994, a total of 23 conferences and 18 lectures organized by the Society. In addition, through the successful hosting of the “Hypertension Seoul 2016 (ISH 2016)” in September 2016 in Seoul, Korea, the Korean Society of Hypertension is planning to open a new horizon of Korean research on hypertension, as well as introduce and share the latest high blood pressure treatment methods at home and abroad. The Mission of KSH is Hypertension control and prevention of hypertension related diseases through education, communication, research and leadership.
The Korean Society of Hypertension has expanded its scientific capability and has set up several working groups in research domains. These working groups manage the scientific programs of their specific interest for academic congresses during sessions assigned to each working group.
As a hypertension campaign for the new millennium, the KSH declared the first week of December as "Hypertension Awareness Week" in 2001. Since then, KSH has been contributing to promoting the Korean people's health through different programs aiming to educate the general public on hypertension. Open lectures and free consultations in association with universities and hospitals are offered nationwide.