Heart diseases and other adverse health effects of Agent Orange — long suspected by veterans and their loved ones and long refuted by the U.S. government — are still coming to light. One of the most recent examples is marked incidence of ischemic heart disease (IHD) among U.S. veterans exposed to herbicides like Agent Orange.
Agent Orange and Heart Disease
IHD, also known as ischemia, is damage to the heart muscle caused by an insufficient intake of oxygen and nutrients. The heart is starved and dying even while it pumps blood to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of IHD include chest pain (especially during or after exertion or exercise), tightness or pressure in the chest, dizziness and pains felt in the neck, back, arms, shoulders or jaw. Many people experience no symptoms until they have a heart attack.
In August 2010, the VA officially added IHD to the known service-connected diseases caused by Agent Orange exposure. Veterans who are diagnosed can receive Agent Orange disability compensation and medical benefits. Family members of veterans who died from IHD may be entitled to survivor benefits if the service connection is established.
Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Get Help
At the Berry Law Firm, hearing about veterans suffering from medical issues caused by exposure to Agent Orange stirs our passion. Founding attorney John S. Berry Sr. is himself a Vietnam veteran who has known and represented many service members who died or suffered from exposure to chemical agents during that war. We are highly motivated to secure benefits for all veterans injured while serving their country. We handle disability claims and appeals throughout the United States. For a free consultation, please call (888) 883-2483 or contact us online.