Oxygen is needed to carry out a lot of biochemical processes in the body. If the amount of oxygen available to the blood decreases significantly a lot of things will go wrong in the body. For instance, lack of adequate oxygen will lead to the death of neurons which will eventually leads to brain cells death and irreparable brain damage. Oxygen is also needed for cellular respiration, without respiration, there will not be oxygen for carrying out various cellular activities and this will result into death. Oxygen deprivation will also leads to difficulty in breathing and other associated problems.
The reaction of hemoglobin with oxygen can be written as follows. hb + o2 â hbo2 if the amount of oxygen available to the blood decreases significantly, what happens to the individual involved?