‘Stayin’ Alive’ has near-perfect rhythm to help jump-start heart

From CNN.com: ‘Stayin’ Alive’ has near-perfect rhythm to help jump-start heart

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 CPR while listening to the catchy, sung-in-falsetto tune from the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever.”

But Nadkarni said he has seen “Stayin’ Alive” work wonders in classes where students were having trouble keeping the right beat while practicing on mannequins. When he turned on the song, “all of a sudden, within just a few seconds, they get it right on the dot.”

“I heard a rumor that ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ works also, but it didn’t seem quite as appropriate,” Gilbert said.

Ironically, I can hear the rhythm in my head of “Another One Bites the Dust” better than “Stayin’ Alive”.  When I think of “Stayin’ Alive”, all I hear is the falsetto tune.  Guess, I’ll need to keep an LP ready just in case I need to perform some CPR.

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