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Can carbon monoxide poisoning cause someone to have a stroke?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
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In brief: Poor oxygen supply

Carbon dioxide causes its toxic effects by reducing the ability of the blood to carry oxygen.
In areas of the brain that are affected by poor blood flow (by atherosclerosis, etc), further reducing oxygen delivery can lead to a stroke. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can cause stroke even in healthy brain.

In brief: Poor oxygen supply

Carbon dioxide causes its toxic effects by reducing the ability of the blood to carry oxygen.
In areas of the brain that are affected by poor blood flow (by atherosclerosis, etc), further reducing oxygen delivery can lead to a stroke. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can cause stroke even in healthy brain.
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