High Risk People for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CO poisoning may occur sooner in those most susceptible:

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  • Young children
  • The elderly
  • People with lung or heart disease
  • People at high altitudes, or those who already have elevated CO blood levels, such as smokers.
  • Also, CO poisoning poses a special risk to fetuses.
  • CO poisoning can be reversed if caught in time. But even if you recover, acute poisoning may result in permanent damage to the parts of your body that require a lot of oxygen such as the heart and brain. Significant reproductive risk is also linked to CO.