CPR, when performed properly, can increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. More important than going really fast is to set a steady tempo to keep blood pumping, much like a regular heartbeat. The rate of compressions should be between 100 and 120 beats per minute. Oftentimes, the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive” is used to help keep pace, but there are a number songs from different times and genres with the same tempo. In those chaotic moments when you’re trying to save a life, any of these songs will help you focus on a regular rhythm. This playlist developed by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Spotify “Songs to do CPR to” playlist, help administer chest compressions at a steady pace. They’ve selected more than 40 songs that are all 100 beats per minute, the recommended tempo for CPR.
From the classics, like the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, to more contemporary, there are songs for everyone to have something to sing in their head during a critical moment. Movie buffs will appreciate the Star Wars Imperial March, while more contemporary options like Adele’s “Rumor Has It” and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” might be more familiar to the younger set.
Most cardiac arrests happen in homes or private settings. The American Heart Association estimates over 90 percent of those people die before making it to the hospital. If performed properly, CPR can double or triple the chances of survival. Initiating CPR as soon as possible is important because it keeps the blood oxygenated. It oxygen is not circulating throughout the body, the brain dies.
To take a look at the New-York Presbyterian Spotify playlist, click here.