Carbon monoxide attaches to red blood cells, stealing oxygen from your body it needs to thrive. It combines with these cells over 200 times more easily than oxygen, creating a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.
Carbon monoxide, in place of oxygen, then gets taken to the important organs through the bloodstream. To put it simply, carbon monoxide starves your body of oxygen. Organs have to have oxygen; when they don’t have it, they begin to suffocate.
Your body requires a long time to get rid of carbon monoxide; however, it can be taken in much faster.