By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
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.( Collapse )