These Songs Could Be Lifesaving In A Pinch While You're Performing CPR

Music can save lives.

Here are some scary stats for you: cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes and, of those who die and didn't get CPR, 92 percent of them pass away on the way to the hospital. For each minute that passes without administering CPR, the survival rate decreases by 10 percent. 

That's a lot of unnecessary loss and, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, those numbers can improve — it just takes 60 seconds to learn how to perform hands-only CPR.


Now that you know the basics, how to (1) CHECK if the person is breathing, (2) CALL 911 for help, and begin to (3) COMPRESS the victim using the heel of your palm in the center of his/her chest, you might need some help performing the 100 compressions per minute required (pushing down two inches per compression). 

Well, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has a solution for that. The organization has put together a Spotify pla ylist and chosen songs that have 100 beats per minute. Playing one of these songs and keeping your compressions in sync should help you get through the pressure.

Right now there are just 40 songs on the playlist — ranging across genres, feels, and decades — but there are likely many more that can and most likely will be added later.

Some notable standouts include "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and "Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake. Some of the more — ahem — interesting choices include "Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey and Jay Z, "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by the Backstreet Boys.

Either way, hopefully this playlist will result in saving some lives. See, music matters!

Check out the potentially lifesaving playlist here:

(H/T: Quartz)

Cover image: Sajee Rod / Shutterstock

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