Review Finds ‘Sufficient’ Evidence Linking Hypertension to Agent Orange Exposure

By Nikki Wentling

WASHINGTON -- Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found for the first time that enough evidence exists to link hypertension to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War.

The finding, announced Thursday, bolsters the case for veterans with hypertension to be granted easier access to Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, advocates argued. Before last week's announcement, researchers had determined there was only "limited" or "suggestive" evidence hypertension could be caused by chemical herbicides used in Vietnam.

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