We report the cases of 2 previously healthy young patients with acute carbon monoxide intoxication who deteriorated to cardiogenic shock in the face of apparent metabolic and neurologic recovery. Prolonged exposure to sublethal levels of carbon monoxide (>24 hours, carboxyhemoglobin level of 20.4% and 22.6%) and massive binding of the toxin to myocardial myoglobin and mitochondrial cytochrome chain enzymes might explain their protracted cardiac failure. The good response to inotropic agents and the findings of repeated echocardiographic studies support the probable diagnosis of myocardial stunning. Complete cardiac recovery was observed in both patients.
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- Emergency Medicine