Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nitrogen and our hearts

Heart beat
Heart Valve Surgery
Nitroglycerin is used medically as a vasodilator to treat heart conditions, such as angina and chronic heart failure.

Nitroglycerin has been one of the oldest and most useful drugs for treating and preventing attacks of angina pectoris.

After more than 130 years of such use, in 2002 it was discovered that these effects arise because nitroglycerin is converted to nitric oxide in the body by mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase, and nitric oxide is a natural vasodilator in the body.

Nitroglycerin comes in forms of tablets, sprays or patches.

It has been suggested for other uses also, such as an adjunct therapy in prostate cancer. wikipedia

I just cannot stop wondering, how God of Israel can make such amazing substances as hydrogen, helium, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, tungsten or uranium just by adding a proton or two (plus some other particles) to the nucleus of an atom in the galactic fission and fusion factories far out up there. And how potent and fundamentally so different ways these elements with boring atomic numbers 1, 2, 4, 8, 64, 99 elements are for us humans living on planet Earth.

And we humans have been given the brains to use nitrogen to blow into pieces a group of enemy soldiers or to help a person experiencing life threatening heart attack!

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