Veterans have many resources available to help them in reducing the risk of CVD and other heart-related conditions. Health care is an important piece of overall cardiovascular health, and veterans should speak with a doctor about their specific health concerns.
Certain cardiovascular conditions may be considered presumptive diseases for veterans. Presumptive diseases are assumed to be service connected and can lead to additional VA benefits.
For Gulf War veterans, CVD may be a symptom of undiagnosed illnesses, which are also considered presumptive diseases.
Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange are eligible for coverage of many presumptive diseases, including cardiovascular conditions.
As the nation focuses on heart health this month, veterans are encouraged to utilize services available to help reduce their risk of cardiovascular conditions.