Medical researchers at the University of Illinois say the 1977 disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees has the perfect beat to perform CPR.
At 103 beats per minutes, the song is the perfect CPR metronome, said Dr. David Matlock of the university’s Peoria campus.
Matlock’s research confirms the work of Dr. Alson Inaba, an emergency room doctor in Honolulu, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Research conducted by Matlock and Inaba show the song and its beat stuck with test subjects performing CPR, yielding heart compression rates within the 100-per-minute range recommended by the American Heart Association, the Tribune reported.
CPR can triple a heart-attack victim’s chances of survival, but the proper rhythm is essential, said Matlock, who is to present his findings at an American College of Emergency Physicians meeting.