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Doctor insights on: Choking Death

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What are the odds of choking death from food? The death of the cubs fan from a hot dog has me freaked out now.

What are the odds of choking death from food?  The death of the cubs fan from a hot dog has me freaked out now.

Odds: Odds of dying from choking on food: 1 in 370, 035. Source: national safety council estimates based on data from national center for health statistics and U.S. Census bureau. ...Read more

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How can choking to death happen?

How can  choking to death happen?

Airway blocked: You get a large chunk of food or other object stuck in the trachea (windpipe) and no air can get into the lungs causing suffocation and ddeath. ...Read more

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I woke up at 5:30 choking from acid reflux I guess. It scared me to death. I was told last year I have Barrett's esophogus. But I never have heartburn?

I woke up at 5:30 choking from acid reflux I guess. It scared me to death. I was told last year I have Barrett's esophogus. But I never have heartburn?

Silent reflux: This is an established phenomenon. Some people cannot detect heartburn pain for congenital reasons or due to scarring/nerve damage as a result of the reflux. It is time to return to your gastroenterologist for follow up, and probable repeat scope as you are on the higher end of the risk spectrum for esophageal cancer...and you need to address the plan for treating reflux. ...Read more

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What causes choking?

What causes choking?

Choking: Choking occurs when a piece of food, an object, or a liquid becomes lodged thus causing a blockage (obstruction) in the airway (called the windpipe or trachea. ...Read more

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How can you die from choking?

How can you die from choking?

No breathing: If any object (food, large nut, etc.) gets stuck in the throat to the point that no air can come into the lungs the person will not be able to get oxygen. If the object causing the obstruction is not removed as soon as possible the person can have serious problems from lack of oxygen to the brain or may die. ...Read more

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What foods are choking hazards?

Potentially anything: Virtually anything that can be swallowed can be choked upon. In small children we worry about grapes, hot dog bites, gum and balloons, to name a few. ...Read more

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Choking occurs as a result of what?

See below: Choking is the result co compromise of the upper airway such that insufficient air can be taken into the lungs. ...Read more

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How can you stop a child from choking?

How can you stop a child from choking?

Learn Heimlich...: I encourage any parent or caregiver to be instructed in basic life saving skills such as the heimlich maneuver which can save a child from choking. If the choking is a regular occurrence, there could be an anatomical abnormality contributing to this and should be investigated further. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone is choking?

Can they breathe?: If the person can still breathe, wait and let them clear it. If not and can't talk, call 911 and call for help if you are with other people, unless you can do a Heimlich maneuver which is the immediate treatment for someone who cannot breathe and is choking. Take CPR classes so you are always ready to help in this circumstance. See http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-the-Heimlich-Maneuver ...Read more