Researchers outline how to save yourself from choking if you're alone

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Researchers Reveal A Method To Use When Choking Alone

The thought of choking, especially when there's no one there to help, is terrifying. Unfortunately, that fear is not unfounded: choking is the cause of thousands of deaths per year.

A new article in Resuscitation may abate some of these fears. Researchers have outlined a way people can save themselves from choking, which they call a "self-treatment."

The authors recommend hanging upside down, such as in the downward dog yoga pose or with the help of a stool or chair. They illustrated these maneuvers:

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The paper explains that multiple studies recommend this "head-down" position if there's no one to assist and use the Heimlich maneuver. Even if someone is there, this treatment can be more effective. Furthermore, facing a baby or child "head-down" is actually the widely accepted method should they choke.

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The way it works is simple: gravity takes over and the obstructed food can fall. The paper goes on to say that this method "helps remove saliva and other fluids which may further obstruct airflow during choking."

There are other ways people can help themselves if they're choking. The Mayo Clinic, for example, recommends giving yourself the Heimlich by pushing yourself into a chair or countertop.

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