Agent Orange and Hypertension

Posted: May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

A new Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study is designed to learn if high blood pressure (hypertension) and some chronic respiratory diseases are related to herbicide exposure during the Vietnam War. This study follows a request by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki for VA to conduct research on the association between herbicide exposure and high blood pressure (hypertension), as a basis for understanding if hypertension is related to military service in Vietnam. VA is also interested in learning more about the relationship between herbicide exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study is a follow-up of a similar study conducted between 1999-2000 where the health status of individuals who served in the Army Chemical Corps since the 1990s was examined. Researchers have two questions:
 Is the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) related to Agent Orange exposure during service in Vietnam?
 Is the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, related to Agent Orange exposure during service in Vietnam?
Approximately 4,000 Veterans who served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps sometime during the Vietnam era (1965-1973) were asked to participate in this study. Army Chemical Corps personnel were responsible for the maintenance and distribution or application of chemicals for military operations. Army Chemical Corps personnel who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War constitute the largest group of Army Vietnam Veterans who were thought to have had the greatest potential exposure to herbicides. Participants from earlier Army Chemical Corps study rosters were selected and additional volunteers are not needed. Each Veteran selected for this study represents other Veterans with similar characteristics. Study methods will include telephone interviews, reviewing medical records, and measuring the blood pressure and lung function of the selected Veterans. [Source: Apr 2012 ++]

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