Dr. Cynthia Ennis Receives Heart Association’s Highest Honor

The Central Massachusetts American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association has recognized Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiologist, with its highest honor, the Heart of Gold Award. Dr. Ennis is an exemplary health care professional who has demonstrated energetic support and guidance. She has provided substantial contributions toward reducing disability/death due to heart disease and stroke. In her nomination, Dr. Ennis was recognized as a long-time volunteer for the AHA and an advocate for hands-only CPR training leading large groups of volunteers and Medical School students to provide training.

Ladies: Watch Video to Learn about Your Heart Attack Risks

“About 75 percent of women suffering from a heart attack don’t present with chest pain,” said Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiovascular disease expert, in a recent Health Watch segment. What symptoms should women look out for? When is a call to 9-1-1 the next best step? Learn the answers and more.

Health Watch: Dr. Ennis Demonstrates How CPR Saves Lives

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. In recognition of American Heart Month, Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiovascular disease, discusses importance of taking immediate action and demonstrates how to administer CPR in the recent Health Watch.

Students Teach Lifesaving Hands-only CPR in Our Communities 

hands-only-cpr-ennis (2)Medical students and heart and vascular physicians are working together to teach hands-only CPR to as many people as possible in the communities we serve. The simple technique can save the lives of people in cardiac arrest and can be easily taught to laypeople. “Most people don’t survive cardiac arrest, but receiving CPR as soon as possible dramatically improves chances of survival,” explained Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiologist. “You can’t hurt a patient with hands-only CPR, you can only help them,” Dr. Ennis said. “Just pushing hard and fast on the chest can improve survival significantly.” Read more about the initiative. Watch the hands-only CPR video.

Dr. Ennis Talks About Women and Heart Health Myths

Ennis_Comm Advocate 300x208Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiologist, was featured in a Community Advocate article on common myths about women and heart health. One such myth is that if a woman doesn’t have chest pain, she’s not having a heart attack. “In fact,” explains Dr. Ennis, “75 percent of women don’t have chest pain. They may experience pain in their jaw, arms, back or stomach. They may be overwhelmed with fatigue, feel nauseous or short of breath.” Some symptoms mimic heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer.” Read the article.

American Heart Month: Why Knowing Your Numbers Matters 

heart cloud_8571820Understanding the numbers that represent being at risk for heart disease can help women impact the larger number: the number of women dying each year from heart disease. Cynthia Ennis, MD, director of our Women’s Heart Health Program, says the knowledge of these risk factors is empowering for women because it creates a roadmap toward heart health. The numbers women should focus on are their cholesterol level, waist size and blood pressure level. “It’s extremely important that women have access to these numbers and understand their own personal risk for a heart attack, diabetes or stroke,” she said. Learn more.