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Can person choke on food then lose consciousness without warning signs like coughing or gagging?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes...
If someone chokes on food and completely blocks their airway, they will lose consciousness without coughing or gagging.
The heimlich maneuver can be life-saving in a case like this.

In brief: Yes...
If someone chokes on food and completely blocks their airway, they will lose consciousness without coughing or gagging.
The heimlich maneuver can be life-saving in a case like this.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Aspiration with choking and asphyxiation can occur especially in persons with impaired consciousness due to alcohol/drug intexociation, stroke, heart attack, anesthesia effects, seizures for example.
It is imperative to quickly clear the airway to allow breathing to resume and call for needed emergency medical care.

In brief: Yes
Aspiration with choking and asphyxiation can occur especially in persons with impaired consciousness due to alcohol/drug intexociation, stroke, heart attack, anesthesia effects, seizures for example.
It is imperative to quickly clear the airway to allow breathing to resume and call for needed emergency medical care.
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Dr. Stephen Siegel
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