Carbon monoxide attaches to red blood cells, robbing oxygen from your body it needs to survive. It mixes with these cells nearly 200 times more smoothly than oxygen, leading to a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.
Carbon monoxide, in place of oxygen, then gets brought to the essential organs through the bloodstream. Simply put, carbon monoxide deprives your body of oxygen. Organs have to have oxygen; when they don’t have it, they begin to suffocate.
Your body takes a long time to get rid of carbon monoxide; however, it can be absorbed much more rapidly.