British Medical Journal Puts Billy Ray Cyrus Song on Operating Room Playlist
Billy Ray Cyrus played a medical doctor on the TV show 'Doc,' and it seems he is still hanging out in the operating room -- or at least his music is. A recent editorial from the British Medical Journal, touting the benefits of playing music during surgery, has included Cyrus' hit, 'Achy Breaky Heart,' on their suggested playlist.
"[Playing music in operating rooms] is certainly commonplace, [with music] being played 62-72 percent of time in theatre, and most often chosen by the leading surgeon," the journal reports. "Around 80 percent of theatre staff report that music benefits communication between team members, reducing anxiety levels and improving efficiency.
"Music also seems to enhance surgical performance by increasing task focus, particularly among surgeons who listen to music regularly," the story continues. "Various studies (albeit mostly simulation based) have shown music to aid task completion while lowering muscle fatigue and physiological markers of stress."
Cyrus' hit joins an eclectic list of suggested songs -- albeit, all with ties to what goes on in operating rooms -- including the Bee Gees' 'Stayin' Alive,' 'Fix You' by Coldplay and 'I'll Never Break Your Heart' by the Backstreet Boys.
"Music has also been shown to have pain-relieving, opioid-sparing properties," the study concludes. "Although the analgesic effects may seem modest compared with those of drugs, the intervention comes at minimal cost, without side effects, and can be started and withdrawn immediately at the patient’s request."
Cyrus topped the charts in 1992 with 'Achy Breaky Heart,' from his freshman 'Some Gave All' album. The song was translated into more than 100 languages.
Download 'Achy Breaky Heart' here.