Stayin’ Alive: How Music Can Influence Your Medical Treatment

By Dave Price – Featured Contributor

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

When John Travolta first came strutting down a New York Street 40 years ago in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, the film that helped lunch the international disco craze, you can be sure his movements started a lot of female hearts pounding rapidly.

But probably no one watching could have realized that four decades later that the tune providing the beat for Travolta’s sexy, swaggering strut – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees – would someday be used to get hearts actually beating again and help restore life.

According to officials at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, select rhythmic songs can help first responders and people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation administer hands-on CPR at the proper speed needed for it to be successful. For that to happen, each compression on the chest of a victim needs to be at about 100 beats a minute.

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About dleeprice

I’m a retired journalist and educator now operating a freelance writing/speaking/consulting practice in DC focusing on 4 subjects - the Baby Boom generation, classic rock, issue on aging, and grand-parenting.
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