May 26th, 2013


Song 'Stayin' Alive' & CPR

Why 'Stayin' Alive' could literally save your life: Disco song has perfect rhythm to jump-start a heart, says doctor

UPDATED: 10:21 GMT, 17 October 2008

Stayin' Alive' might be more true to its name than the Bee Gees ever could have guessed: At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help jump-start a stopped heart.

And in a small but intriguing study from the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation while listening to the catchy, sung-in-falsetto tune from the 1977 movie 'Saturday Night Fever.'

The American Heart Association recommends 100 chest compressions per minute, far more than most people realize, study author Dr. David Matlock said.

Stayin' Alive! People doing CPR are more likely to get the beat right when listening to the tune on their ipods.

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