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Stay alive with CPR to Bee Gees "Staying Alive"

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WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- What does the Bee Gees tune "Staying Alive" have to do with CPR? Turns a lot and it's not just in the title.

The American Heart Association says the songs iconic beat is an easy fun way for people to remember the correct rhythm for CPR chest compressions.

Health experts say if you begin hands-only CPR to the beat of the song immediately after someone collapses from cardiac arrest, you can double or triple their chances of survival. "Staying Alive" has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate you should push on the chest during hands-only CPR.

The national awareness campaign is in honor of Heart Awareness Week. It includes a mobile tour, teaching people how to perform CPR using "Staying Alive"

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and survival rates drop as much as ten percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.

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