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Chronic CO Poisoning:
A Paradox of CO Physiology:
It limits oxygen delivery, binds to intracellular energy generating system, kills cells, causes damage to tissues and organs, and kills people.
Natural / Helpful:
It is generated by the human body as a by-product of hemoglobin metabolism
Along with NO (nitric oxide), it is an integral part of the vascular control mechanism.
Most blood vessels dilate as COHb increases, allowing more blood to flow through.
...... last changed 01/22/01
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