Carbon monoxide connects with red blood cells, robbing oxygen from your body it has to have to survive. It combines with these cells nearly 200 times more smoothly than oxygen, resulting in a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.
Carbon monoxide, in place of oxygen, then gets taken to the important organs via the bloodstream. Simply put, carbon monoxide starves your body of oxygen. Organs have to have oxygen; without it, they begin to suffocate.
Your body takes a long time to eliminate carbon monoxide; however, it can be drawn in much more quickly.