Why is this Taylor Swift song used for CPR?

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The American Heart Association (AHA) recently confirmed a surprising health benefit: Taylor Swift’s new song is good for heart resuscitation. Released at the end of November, “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” has melancholic lyrics that quote directly from the heart: “I can’t see a pulse. My heart doesn’t want to beat anymore.”.

Interestingly, the AHA points out that the rhythm of Taylor Swift’s music is good for performing cardiac resuscitation, a technique that uses chest compressions to restart the heart. According to a recent AHA post on X, formerly Twitter, Taylor Swift’s lyrics “may be heartbreaking, but the rhythm can save a heart.”

How do you use Taylor Swift’s music for cardiac resuscitation?

The organization advises that, in cases of cardiorespiratory arrest, emergency services should be called immediately and chest compressions should be started rhythmically.

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According to the AHA, effective resuscitation includes rhythmic chest compressions similar to the beat of a healthy heart, 100 to 120 beats per minute (BPM). Therefore, the association suggests singing or humming songs at 100 and 120 BPM to maintain the correct rhythm for cardiac resuscitation.

Taylor Swift fans commented on the American Heart Association (AHA) publication about the paradox between the lyrics of the song and the technique of cardiac resuscitation.

“What I don’t want to hear during CPR: ‘SHUT UP, I’M GOING TO LOSE,'” said one user, referring to the lyrics. “Girl, if I do resuscitation listening to this song, I won’t be able to save any lives; I’ll die too,” pointed out a fan, referring to Taylor Swift’s melancholic song.

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In addition to Taylor Swift’s music, some hits nominated for cardiac resuscitation include “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, and other American pop songs, according to the AHA. But thanks to an episode of “The Office,” the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” remains the most popular song for the revival.

Other Taylor Swift songs approved for CPR are:

  • “Sparks Fly (Taylor’s Version)”
  • “Clean (Taylor’s Version)”
  • “Welcome To New York (Taylor’s Version)”
  • “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)”
  • “Enchanted (Taylor’s Version)”
  • “mirrorball”
  • “the man”
  • “22 (Taylor’s Version)”
  • “No Fear (Taylor’s Version)”