A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon Monoxide Heart Attacks

Known as the “Silent Killer”, carbon monoxide delivers a dangerous and often fatal outcome. This poisonous gas is tasteless, odorless, and invisible, making it almost impossible to detect without properly installed carbon monoxide detectors, be it in your home or office. At low levels, the deadly gas can cause flu-like symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath, but at high levels, it can induce a coma, cause brain damage, and trigger a carbon monoxide heart attack.

Carbon Monoxide Heart AttacksHow can carbon monoxide cause heart attacks?
Carbon monoxide poisoning interferes with the blood’s natural ability to carry oxygen to the internal organs, including the heart. While this alone can cause serious illness (in some cases death), recent studies published in American Emergency Medicine have shown that carbon monoxide can cause direct damage to the heart muscle. Such damage reduces the heart’s capability to pump, and can permanently impair cardiac functionality. According to lead author Selim Suner, M.D., M.S., who is the director of emergency preparedness and disaster medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, “These findings suggest that heart damage caused by carbon monoxide may have long-lasting effects even after its been eliminated from the blood, making the diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning even more critical.”

What can you do?
The key to minimizing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and a carbon monoxide heart attack is prevention. The most significant act of precaution is the installation of carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home and place of work.

Some important things to remember:

  • Place all generators outside and away from windows to ensure that no carbon monoxide seeps into your house or work office.
  • Never leave your car’s engine running in the garage as this may cause carbon monoxide emissions to enter your home.
  • Have all your major appliances inspected by a professional to validate that they are not emitting carbon monoxide and are operating with high safety standards.

 

 

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