The CPR Playlist You Should Download This Holiday Season

Find out why songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Let It Snow" can help save a life.

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Just in time for the holidays, the American Heart Association has released a playlist of 10 festive songs to assist in hands-only CPR. Since heart-related deaths increase during the holiday season, it's all the more crucial to learn how to perform this life-saving technique. Performing CPR to these classic hits can help you maintain the necessary 100 to 120 compressions per minute when pressing on the victim's chest. 

This past spring, to help raise awareness of effective CPR techniques, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) also created a Spotify playlist consisting of the optimum beats to time compressions to. For most people, the first thing that comes to mind as the best way to perform CPR correctly is humming ‘Stayin’ Alive’ while doing chest compressions. As it turns out, popular songs like “Sorry” by Justin Beiber, “Closer” by the Chainsmokers and many others also fit the bill.

The playlist was released as part of a #HandsOnlyCPR campaign and gained traction on Twitter this past fall. Cardiologist Dr. Holly Anderson and the NYPH staff hope that raising awareness will empower bystanders to save a life. Lauren Browdy, an NYPH spokesperson, tells NBC New York, “Dr. Holly Anderson has been advocating for everyone to learn hands-only CPR. Her goal is to teach everyone to not be afraid to jump in.” 

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