The Heimlich Maneuver is the most common technique used to save a choking person. If no one else is around who is able to assist you, you can save yourself. For the full article:
  1. Try to cough out the foreign object.
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    If you feel like you have something caught in your throat, you should try to cough it out. If you can cough forcefully enough to get it out, then you should not have to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. If you cannot get the object out by coughing and are struggling for air, you need to act quickly, especially if you are alone. You need to expel the obstruction before you lose consciousness.
  2. Make a fist.
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    To start getting ready to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on yourself, you need to get your hands positioned correctly first. Make a fist with your strongest hand. Place it on your abdomen just above your navel and below your ribcage. You need to make sure that your hand is in the right place so you can ensure that you don't hurt your ribs and are at the most opportune place for expelling the object. (This fist placement is the same as in the traditional Heimlich Maneuver.)
  3. Hold the fist with your other hand.
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    Once you have your fist in place, you need to add your other hand for leverage. Open your other hand and place it over the fist you have on your stomach. You need to make sure that the fist is in the center of your hand. This will allow you to push harder when you start the Heimlich Maneuver.
  4. Drive your fist in and up.
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    To try to get the foreign object dislodged, you need to push your fist and hand into your diaphragm or stomach area. Use a quick j-shaped motion, in and then up. Repeat multiple times. If this does not dislodge the foreign object very quickly, you need to try to add more force with a stable object.
  5. Add force with a stable object.
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    In your immediate area, you need to find a stable object that is about waist high that you can bend over. A chair, a table, or a counter top will work well for this. With your hands still clasped in front of you, bend over the chair, table, counter, or other solid object. Brace your fists between the chair and your abdomen and drive your body against the solid object. (This will greatly increase the force you apply to your diaphragm, which will be more effective to help seriously stuck objects.)
  6. Repeat.
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    You may not be able to dislodge the object during the first try. You need to quickly repeat pushing yourself onto the stable object until the object is removed. You should return to normal breathing once it is removed. *Although it is scary, it is better if you stay calm. Panicking will increase your heart rate and need for air, which will make it worse. *If you find that you are uncomfortable or your throat is sore, you may need to see a doctor. *If you cannot get it dislodged, call 911.