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Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 21:35:55-04

You might save a life by keeping the beat of a popular song.  

In recent years, the importance of learning hands-only CPR has been publicized by The American Heart Association.  Experts say keeping chest compressions at a rhythm of 100 to 120 beats per minute can help save a life.  Most cardiac arrests happen outside the hospital, many happen at home.

The emphasis has shifted to hard chest compressions, dropping the focus on mouth-to-mouth CPR that had previously been taught. While it is not 100% effective, experts say chest compressions have the potential to save a life.

The Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” has been touted as a great beat to keep.  Now, New York Presbyterian Hospital has come up with a Spotify list of favorites so you can pick a favorite that’s easy for you to remember in case of emergency.

The list includes “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd,  “Cecilia” by Simon and Garfunkel and “(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, among others 

It is important to call 911 immediately, as emphasized in training by the Red Cross and other organizations.