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The Bee Gees Song "Stayin' Alive" Helps Keep the CPR Beat

CPR + Bee Gees = Stayin' Alive

I love the rare occasion when pop culture overlaps with medical news, especially when it involves a lot of consonants. We all know from exercising while listening to playlists that the beats per minute in songs can help you reach the desired beats per minute of your heart rate. It looks like the same holds true for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, otherwise known as CPR.

The Bee Gees song coincidentally titled "Stayin' Alive" provides the correct timing for the manual chest compressions used in CPR. The tempo of the song syncs perfectly with the recommended pace of the chest compression — 100 beats per minute. On a serious note: when properly performed, CPR can at least triple survival rates for victims of cardiac arrest. It is said that many people fear performing CPR because they are not confident about the rhythm for pumping the chest. Hopefully the Bee Gees can help.

If you need a little refresher course on how the song goes, check out GiggleSugar's celebration of this musical health headline. If you need a little refresher course on CPR, the American Heart Association offers classes nationwide.


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kia kia 8 years
One of my colleagues told me this last week. I about died with all the jokes we were making afterward. This is a good bit of knowledge that can save lives though.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
Too right UrbanBhohemian!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Nevertheless, I love disco and it's a good reason to learn it because it's an excuse to have the song in your head!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
They also said in the New York Daily News that another effective song is Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust"...though I think it might be a little inappropriate :-)
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
My certification just ran out. I am going to get re-certified either this month or next.
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