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A 51-year-old member asked:

could i still die from carbon monoxide poisoning with new cars that have the catalytic converters?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Yes: If there I leak in your exhaust system with carbon monoxide leaking into your car interior and you are driving with closed windows for a long time you may experience carbon monoxide poisoning.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Why do you ask?: If you are considering suicide, please phone your physician or the nearest suicide help line or go to the emergency room. These new cars, if run in the garage, are more likely to kill by oxygen depletion. It's still a bad way to go -- folks have left tape-recorded accounts of these experiences and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes death with carbon monoxide poisoning?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Poor oxygen supply: Carbon dioxide causes its toxic effects by reducing the ability of the blood to carry oxygen. This lack of oxygen, if severe and prolonged, can lead to stroke, heart attack, and eventual death.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What makes someone die from carbon monoxide poisoning?

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Dr. James Wallace
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
Not likely!: If you car is parked in a well ventilated area (not in a garage) and your exhaust system is working properly, then you are not going to be exposed to excessive levels of carbon monoxide and therefore you are not in danger of cmo poisoning.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Before you die do you have any signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: Low level carbon monoxide exposure can cause headaches and nausea, higher levels can result in cherry red coloring of fingertips and nail beds. Later, confusion and disorientation.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to die from carbon monoxide poisoning while inside a tunnel?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Perhaps: Damage from carbon monoxide is dependent on eventual concentration within the blood stream, the lower levels maybe causing only headache and cherry red finger colorations, the higher levels with more lethal tendencies. Exposure can occur anywhere motors generate co.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the physical effects of carbon monoxide poisoning before death?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Sleep: When carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your blood cells, your system slows down and you fall into a sleep like coma with eventual death. The hemoglobin with carbon monoxide is very red in color so death in this way causes a very florid flushing appearance of the victim.

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