What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colourless and odourless gas that is produced as a result of incomplete burning of carbon-containing fuels.
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced when tobacco products are burnt
- It is one of the most harmful parts of the cigarette, especially for cardiovascular and respiratory illness
The health effects of CO saturation in the blood above 1% become noticeable as well:
- From 1% to 5%, your heart rate goes up
- From 2% to 15%, your exercise tolerance goes down
- From 15% to 20%, headache and visual distortions can occur
A lack of oxygen in cells also forces the heart to work harder to distribute oxygen around the body. This makes CO a major contributor to heart disease, including heart attacks and circulation problems to the brain, therefore increasing the risk of having a stroke.
Carbon Monoxide Chart
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By using a breath Carbon Monoxide Monitor, you are able to measure the amount of Carbon Monoxide (CO) that is in your blood. The chart above can be used to track your progress.