Carbon monoxide connects to red blood cells, stealing oxygen from your body it needs to live. It combines with these cells over 200 times more easily than oxygen, leading to a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.
Carbon monoxide, instead of oxygen, then gets taken to the essential organs through the bloodstream. Simply put, 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 eliminate carbon monoxide; however, it can be absorbed much more quickly.