Have you heard the American Heart Association’s radio commercials for Hands-Only CPR? They encourage us to become familiar with the right way to administer chest compressions to someone who may be suffering from a cardiac episode. One of the keys to doing it correctly is BPM, or beats per minute, and having certain songs in your head can help.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the first thing you should do if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse is have someone call 911. Then, push hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of 100-120 beats per minute until help arrives. Click here to learn more about Hand-Only CPR.
So what about those songs I mentioned? The American Heart Association has created a playlist on Spotify called “Don’t Drop The Beat,” which includes nearly 60 popular songs that fall in that sweet spot of 100-120 BPM. The classic example is “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, which is appropriate because the goal is to keep someone alive. Check out some more lifesaving tunes below!