Friday, October 17, 2008

"Stayin Alive" beats the alternative

CHICAGO — "Stayin' Alive" might be more true to its name than the Bee Gees ever could have guessed: At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help jump-start a stopped heart.

And in a small but intriguing study from the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing CPR while listening to the catchy, sung-in-falsetto tune from the 1977 movie "Saturday Night Fever."

If any of you've ever done CPR, you know how hard it is to keep up a good rhythm. If I ever hafta do CPR on anyone again, (gawd forbid!) this is gonna be soooooo stuck in my head.

'Course, there is another song that'll do the trick, too...

...not nearly as optimistic, though. heh


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