Achy Breaky Heart Better Than Staying Alive For CPR

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Staying Alive may actually do quite the opposite to a patient if you're performing CPR to the song's beat. In the past, doctors suggested that the 103 beats per minute of the disco classic was the right tempo for performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A new study released in September by the Emergency Medical Journal has suggested otherwise.

The study matched two alternate songs with more appropriate tempos: Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart and Disco Science by Mirwais. The conclusion: Disco Science was better than Achy Breaky Heart but not as good as no music at all; we tend to agree -- oh wait, for CPR. The study also suggested that "alternative audible feedback mechanisms" can be more effective.

If you're wondering, the test was performed on manikins and not real test subjects.

Here's an older video that suggested Staying Alive was the king of CPR.