What happens when carbonmonoxide mixes with haemoglobin?
CO (carbon monoxide) is caused due to the incomplete burning of fuels. This reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. We know that heamoglobin combines with oxygen to form oxyheamoglobin. The blood transports this oxygen to various cells of our body. Heamoglobin (Hb) has a greater tendancy to combine with CO than oxygen. When CO is present in the atmosphere, Hb tends to combine with CO to form carboxyheamoglobin. The cells in our body fail to receive oxygen. This may lead to suffocation, or even death.