Carbon monoxide connects with red blood cells, robbing oxygen from your body it needs to live. It combines with these cells over 200 times more easily than oxygen, resulting in a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.
Carbon monoxide, instead of oxygen, then gets carried to the vital organs through the bloodstream. In short, carbon monoxide deprives your body of oxygen. Organs require oxygen; when they don’t have it, they begin to suffocate.
Your body needs a long time to eliminate carbon monoxide; however, it can be drawn in much more rapidly.