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Donated Blood and Nitric Oxide

It is found that, patients who receive blood transfusions, have higher incidents of heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and even death.

This is because, the blood that has been donated to them, from the blood banks, might have lost, some of its life-saving properties, as an important gas nitric oxide, dissipates, as soon as the red blood cells leave the body of the donor.
Nitric oxide plays a key role, in transferring oxygen in the blood, to the tissues. If somehow, the level of nitric oxide is restored, at any point in the blood, the red blood cells will be again able to, open blood vessels and deliver oxygen to the tissues.
Researchers, are finding ways to safely add nitric oxide, back into banked blood, to improve its effectiveness.

Posted by M Hunt on Tuesday, October 09, 2007. Filed under , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

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