According to cardiologists, Taylor Swift songs can save your life!

According to cardiologists, Taylor Swift songs can save your life!

Taylor Swift’s songs aren’t just great for setting the mood at just about any party. Their tempo could well guide you for a successful cardiac massage. Turn up the volume!

We see it and hear it everywhere. Taylor Swift, American artist of the year and superstar of the international scene, continues to attract followers. But his songs about broken hearts could unexpectedly save sick hearts, according to very serious Australian researchers.

Taylor Swift creates songs with the ideal tempo for a heart massage

So doctors from Monash University and the Monash Victorian Heart Institute revealed, during a university conference on the superstar, called “Swiftposium” (yes it exists), that the singer’s songs were perfect for learning how to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of cardiac arrest. In question ? Their rhythm, which corresponds to the frequency at which to position yourself as a rescuer for a cardiac massage.

100 to 120 beats per minute recommended

In the case of cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation aims to circulate oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the brain and organs until the heart can be restarted using a defibrillator. It is recognized that for all the maneuvers to be effective, the rate of compressions performed must be 100 to 120 per minute. Which is the case for more than fifty songs by the American star (including Fearless, Nothing New, You’re Losing Me).

The fact was already known with the song Staying Alive Bee Gees, or even Virgo’s Groove, by BeyoncĂ© which parade at 103 and 108 beats per minute respectively. The list of songs with the perfect rhythm goes on and on.

A good way to learn

If the anecdote may make you smile, it is in fact very serious: “A quarter of people who have a cardiac arrest do not reach hospital and we know that survival rates from cardiac arrest can be significantly improved with bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation.” says Professor Stephen Nicholls, director of the Victorian Heart Institute. And too few people in Australia and in Europe know the right relief actions. (40% say they are unable to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in Europe). In this context, music can indeed provide an essential element in maintaining effective compressions in CPR. A fact also recognized by the American Heart Association.

“Taylor Swift’s music is some of the most popular and influential of this generation. If you can take something that people love and use it to make them feel confident in learning ‘a skill that could save someone, so it’s really very powerful’. Words that “may break your heart but its rhythm could save it”assure l’American Heart Association.

How to perform cardiac massage?

The news is also a good way to remind us that, when faced with a cardiac arrest, we must not wait to act. After contacting emergency services, the maneuver involves several steps:

  • Place the heel of one of your hands in the middle of the victim’s bare chest, and the heel of the other hand on your first hand;
  • With arms outstretched, compress the sternum vertically by pushing it in 5 to 6 cm;
  • After each pressure, allow the victim’s chest to return to its initial position to allow blood to return to the heart. Hold your hands in position on the sternum;
  • The duration of the compression must be equal to that of the release of pressure from the chest;
  • Perform 30 chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute, or approximately 2 compressions per second;
  • Then perform 2 breaths using the mouth-to-mouth technique.