What are the effects of carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide connects to red blood cells, robbing your body of the oxygen it needs to thrive. It blends with these cells nearly 200 times more smoothly than oxygen, creating a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.

Carbon monoxide, on lieu of oxygen, then gets taken to the important organs via the bloodstream. In short, carbon monoxide starves your body of oxygen. Organs have to have oxygen; without it, they begin to suffocate.

Your body takes a long time to eliminate carbon monoxide; however, it can be drawn in much more quickly.