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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning impairs the body's ability to get oxygen to the heart, the brain, and other critical tissues because the CO2 molecule has a much stronger attraction to hemoglobin than oxygen does. If we inhale even a very small amount, it will quickly bind to the hemoglobin in the blood, preventing it from carrying oxygen. In addition, carbon monoxide hangs on to the hemoglobin, requiring a hyperbaric chamber with oxygen.