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copd and carbon monoxide

My mother had COPD, or that is what they called it, but it was caused from tissue scarring from working in a glass factory and inhaling particles inside the factory.  We recently found out that a stove she was using may have been putting off small levels of carbon monoxide.  She had it the last two years that she was alive.  Every winter i was calling the ambulance to come and get her.  I thought that the house may have had mold or something.  Would the carbon monoxide cause her condition to deteriorate more rapidly by not getting the oxygen she needed?  
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Whether the carbon monoxide might have caused more rapid deterioration or not, would depend on the amount of leakage and, more importantly, on your mother’s blood levels of carbon monoxide.  This could be checked by a determination of your own or another person’s blood carbon monoxide level in the same environment.

But, before even considering that, neither you nor anyone else, should spend any time in her home.  What you should do is to call the Public Service Company that provides gas and electricity, inform them of your suspicion and request that they check the ambient carbon monoxide level in her home.

Carbon monoxide is a potent toxin that can displace oxygen in one’s blood, reducing the amount of oxygen available to all the tissues, including heart and brain.  Thus, it could have hastened her demise.
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