Songs to Save a Life To

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Sound is a universal catalyst, and when it comes to life-threatening situations such as cardiac arrest, it can also be a savior. In Seiden’s latest CPR awareness campaign for NewYork-Presbyterian, an interactive website and Spotify playlist was inspired by Michael Kiernan’s story to help debunk the idea that only trained professionals can save lives.

One frightening statistic is that 89 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public die because they don’t receive immediate treatment. In the third step of the American Heart Association’s “Check, Call and Compress” method, bystanders are encouraged to perform Hands-Only CPR. It requires 100 chest compressions per minute and can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.


So, how can NYP start convincing the 70 percent of Americans who will have no natural reaction to a cardiac arrest to perform CPR? Well, what makes you move and act on an instant? Perhaps the moment a Bee Gee’s or Madonna song comes on. You start tapping, singing or dancing.


Realizing we aren’t all EMT trained, a Spotify playlist titled “Songs to Save a Life To” was put together. This playlist provides a variety of songs that are all 100 beats per minute, which is the right beat to perform CPR. Whatever type of music you prefer, there’s sure to be a song on there you’ll like and remember. Find one and keep it in mind in case you’re ever in a position to help save someone’s life. Taking advantage of music’s ability to trigger memories and build community, NewYork-Presbyterian is ensuring:

“Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.”

For more information on NewYork-Presbyterian’s initiative, please visit:

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