Effects of Carbon Monoxide

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  • Effects of Carbon Monoxide
    • Enters the bloodstream
      • Combines with haemoglobin to form carboxyhae-moglobin
        • Blood carries less oxygen
          • Major cause of heart disease
          • Deprives fetus of oxygen if its mother smokes
            • Affects growth and development
            • Mass of the baby tends to be lower than normal
          • Can be fatal
          • Many symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, mental confusion and rapid heart rate
        • Oxygen is carried around the blood attached to the chemical haemoglobin
          • Carbon monoxide bonds more tightly than oxygen so the haemoglobin combines with carbon monoxide rather than oxygen


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