The American Heart Association has turned the Bee Gees into lifesavers. One of the most important cardiology associations worldwide is promoting a new cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique (hands-only, without mouth-to-mouth respiration) . The instructions are the usual ones: if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and, while waiting for medical assistance, try to perform hands-only CPR.
Place your hands one over the other at the center of the chest and push down hard and fast. Why do the Bee Gees come into the picture? Apparently their 70′s disco hit, Staying alive, has the right beat to guide your CPR. By following the tune of the song you are able to keep a frequency of at least 100 beats per minute, the recommended rate for CPR.
But “staying alive” is not a mere play of words: most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. If you witness a heart attack, do not stand back: perform hands-only CPR (maybe singing the tune to Staying alive in your head) and you will more than double someone’s survival chances. Watch this video to get an idea.