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Hydrogen Sulphide Gas in Heart Diseases Therapy

Hydrogen Sulphide Gas in Heart Diseases Therapy

Hydrogen sulphide which is best known for its rotten egg smell and nitric oxide could soon act as a treatment for heart problems, according to a new study. The Scientists at the Peninsula Medical School at the University of Exeter and the National University of Singapore have found out that the interaction between hydrogen sulphide and nitric oxide, which both occur physically in the body, could guide to innovative treatments for heart failure.

Both of the gases act together with one another naturally and the researchers found that the equilibrium between them and other chemical compounds influences people’s health. These two gases were found to interact together to form a thiol-sensitive compound (connected to the sulphur in H2S) which produces inotropic muscular contraction and lusitropic muscular relaxation effects in the heart. Inhaling of high levels of hydrogen sulfide can cause death within just a few breaths. There could be a loss of consciousness after one or new breaths. This high level of exposure would not be likely in a home, but can happen in a workplace.