Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health
The Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study (2012-2013) 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 former 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).
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?
Researchers asked approximately 4,000 Veterans who served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps during the Vietnam era (1965-1973) 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 one of the largest groups of Vietnam Veterans who were thought to have had the greatest potential exposure to herbicides.
We received survey information by mail or on the telephone, collected medical records, and measured the blood pressure and lung function of participating Veterans. We are currently analyzing data for this study.
Yasmin Cypel, Ph.D., M.S.
Aaron Schneiderman, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.
Stephanie Eber, M.P.H.
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