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Hydrogen sulfide gas regulates blood pressure

Hydrogen sulfide gives off an unpleasant rotten egg gas smell, however researchers have found it is important for regulating blood pressure, according to a new study.

The hydrogen sulfide study

According to Wikipedia, hydrogen sulfide is the chemical compound with the formula H2S. This colorless, toxic and flammable gas is partially responsible for the foul odor of rotten eggs and flatulence.

Hydrogen sulfide is made in the lining of the blood vessels and regulates blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels, according to the study.

Researchers found that mice that had a gene missing which meant they couldn’t produce hydrogen sulfide had high blood pressure. The researchers found that mice who couldn’t make hydrogen sulfide had blood pressure spikes of about 20%, comparable to serious hypertension in humans.

The researchers comments

The study’s authors claim that new medications based on hydrogen sulfide could be developed to treat hypertension.

Co-author and Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Prof Snyder said, “Now that we know hydrogen sulfide’s role in regulating blood pressure, it may be possible to design drug therapies that enhance its formation as an alternative to the current methods of treatment for hypertension.”

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