According to Reynolds, Heimlich was experiencing complications from a massive heart attack he suffered in his home Monday.
Since its invention, the Heimlich Maneuver has become both a life-saving tool and a part of modern culture. It’s uncertain how popular it would be if the move was still known by its original term: subdiaphragmatic pressure.
As Heimlich told NPR back in 1999, that’s the name he assigned the method when he described it in a medical journal in June of 1974.
That original name didn’t last long. As Heimlich said, “the editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association called me, and they said, ‘We have found that so many lives have been saved in less than two months, we would like to