Agent Orange and High Blood Pressure

A report issued by the Institute of Medicine said that Agent Orange may be linked to high blood pressure. The report was the first step in the United States government recognizing that there was a possibility that Agent Orange caused high blood pressure in many veterans. High blood pressure is so common, that it is often difficult to isolate one factor that may lead to its occurrence.

Fast Facts:

  • Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the U.S. forces during the Vietnam War to clear jungle growth.
  • By determining that Agent Orange may have led to the increased risk of high blood pressure in veterans, more health benefits may become available for them.
  • High blood pressure is one of the risk factors of heart disease.