Therapy for heart problems found in natural gases?

29th June 2011

Natural gases could act as a therapy for heart problems, a new study has suggested.

The research, which was carried out at Peninsula Medical School at the University of Exeter and the National University of Singapore, found that the interaction between hydrogen sulphide and nitric oxide, which both occur naturally in the body, could lead to new heart failure treatments.

Both of the gases interact with one another naturally and the researchers found that the balance between them and other chemical compounds influences people's health.

Professor Matt Whiteman, joint author from the Peninsula Medical School, commented: "Our findings are potentially very exciting and offer a novel insight into understanding how and why the heart fails. This could lead to new treatment and management strategies of heart failure."

According to the British Heart Foundation, heart failure can stem from a heart attack, high blood pressure and congenital problems, among other issues.

The study was detailed in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1. Qian-Chen Yong, Jia Ling Cheong, Fei Hua, Lih-Wen Deng, Yok Moi Khoo, How-Sung Lee, Alexis Perry, Mark Wood, Matthew Whiteman, Jin-Song Bian. Regulation of Heart Function by Endogenous Gaseous Mediators—Crosstalk Between Nitric Oxide and Hydrogen Sulfide. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 2011

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