Dr. Ornish’s Program for Cardiac Rehabilitation
Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation for those who want to significantly improve their lives.
Welcome to a whole new way of living – one that will take commitment from you, but can help you feel better, younger and more active – FINALLY!
The Heart Health Center is proud to offer Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease™, the only scientifically proven program to stop the progression and even reverse the effects of heart disease.
This nationally recognized program has been so effective in undoing years of damage to the heart that Medicare and other insurers have made the decision to cover it under a new benefit category – intensive cardiac rehabilitation – making it the first integrative medicine of its kind to receive this level of support.
Potential participants will have experienced one or more of the following:
- Acute Myocardial Infarction within the last 12 months (Heart Attack)
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Current Stable Angina Pectoris (Chest Pain)
- Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
- Percutaneous Transluminal Coronory Angioplasty (Balloon) or Coronary Stenting
- Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant
When added to current therapies, treatments and medication, the Ornish Reversal Program has been proven to reduce the number of daily medications needed to manage heart disease and the likelihood for repeat procedures.
As a means of prevention…
The Ornish Reversal Program is also a great option for people with risk factors for heart disease (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity).
What to expect?
Participants experience the Ornish Reveral Program as a consistent group – and all have the common goal of reversing their heart disease and improving their well-being. This 72-hour outpatient program provides participants with support from an expert team that focuses on four elements of your life.
This proven, non-invasive program consists of 18, four-hour sessions focused on comprehensive lifestyle changes in four equally weighted elements: personalized nutrition, exercise, group support and stress management.
18 total sessions x 4 hours per session = You feel better, younger and more active
Why should you make this commitment?
The simplest answer is because you will experience amazing results. The Ornish approach may help you:
- Reduce your risk of heart-related events
- Decrease the frequency and severity of chest discomfort
- Lower the likelihood of future surgery
- Lessen your dependence on medications
- Lower your cholesterol, improve your blood pressure, and lose weight
- Increase your capacity for exercise
Ornish Reversal Program (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation)
The Ornish Reversal Program at The Heart Health Center is a unique, innovative, and scientifically proven program that treats coronary artery disease, providing an alternative to conventional treatments that use invasive procedures such as bypass surgery, angioplasties, and stents. It is also a prevention option for people with risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, and a family history of heart disease.
Our certified clinical team guides program participants through an experiential journey consisting of four program elements:
- EXERCISE: Participate in low impact aerobic exercise and strength training, personalized to an individual’s ability
- STRESS MANAGEMENT: Learn techniques to help manage and cope with daily stresses
- NUTRITION: Develop a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based eating plan (in which less than 10% of daily calories come from fat).
- GROUP SUPPORT: Connect with other program participants, experience emotional support throughout the program, and practice skills which decrease social isolation, depression and anxiety.
Participants complete the program in a small, consistent group of other program members. Each program can accommodate approximately 10-15 individuals. Participants in this outpatient program commit to the program guidelines and attendance for all 18 program sessions (approximately 9 weeks). Attendance at each 4-hour session includes participation in our hour of exercise, one hour of stress management, one hour of group support, and one hour of an Ornish Reversal Program-approved nutritious meal and lecture. During each session, a meal is prepared onsite and shared with the group.
Outcomes such as weight, blood pressure, body fat and waist measurements, cholesterol and glucose levels, depression levels are assessed at initial enrollment in the program, at program completion, and again at one year to evaluate participant progress and success. Following completion of the program, ongoing support is available as-needed from the Ornish Reversal Program team.
The Ornish Reversal Program is Designed to Help:
- People who are considering bypass surgery, angioplasty, or stents, but are seeking an option that may reduce the need for these procedures.
- People who have previously experienced heart procedures and want to minimize the chances of repeat procedures.
- People with risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco history, and a family history of heart disease.
Candidates are carefully screened to ensure that the program is right for them. Participants who are in the program continue to be treated by their primary physician/cardiologist who will receive regular reports on their patients.
Frequently asked questions about Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease (Ornish Reversal Program):
1. How does the Ornish Reversal Program work?
The Ornish Reversal Program addresses the lifestyle factors, or behaviors, that are proven risk factors for developing or exacerbating heart disease. This outpatient program is a non-invasive treatment option that combines four program elements to slow, stop, and even reverse the progression of coronary artery disease. The objectives of the program are:
- Reduction in blockages in heart arteries
- Improvement in blood flow through the heart
- Dramatic decreases in chest pain (angina)
- Significant cardiac risk factor improvements (e.g., reduction in cholesterol levels, weight, BMI, blood pressure, and fasting glucose)
- Improvement in exercise capacity, sense of well-being, and satisfaction with life
2. Is the Ornish Reversal Program a “fad” or is it based on scientific fact?
The Ornish Reversal Program is the result of more than 35 years of research and the first scientifically proven program to reverse heart disease. The results of Dr. Ornish’s studies have been reported in over 25 peer reviewing medical publications, including the Lancet, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), among others. Dr. Ornish is among the best known researchers of heart disease in the United States and is the author of the best-selling books: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weight Less; Love and Survival; and The Spectrum.
The program produces remarkable results. Peer reviewed published research on the Ornish Program demonstrate that nearly 80 percent of participants adhering to and completing the program were able to safely avoid bypasses or angioplasties without increased risk of future cardiac events. Many participants are able to reduce their medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. Most people also say that they “just simply feel better”.
3. Is there any risk for participants?
The elements of the Ornish Reversal Program – a low-fat, whole food, plant-based nutrition plan, moderate exercise, relaxation to reduce stress, and social support – are rooted in common sense. When the program guidelines are followed, there are no significant health risks to participants. To ensure participant is getting the medical attention he/she needs throughout the program, the program is delivered using a certified and trained team of health care experts across all four areas of the program. The team assisting the participants includes:
- Registered dietitian
- Exercise physiologist
- Registered nurse case manager
- Stress management/behavioral health specialist
- Program director
- Medical director
Additionally, participants remain under the care of their physician/cardiologist, who will receive regular progress reports throughout the program.
4. How does someone qualify and/or enroll in the program?
Depending upon your medical history and insurance, you may be covered through Medicare, Anthem, or other insurance plans. We also accept self-pay enrollees. Individuals interested in enrolling in the program and with specific coverage questions should call The Heart Health Center at 314-991-6969 for assistance.
Would you like to hear what Ornish program participants are saying about the program? Visit this link: OrnishSpectrum.com/category/participant-stories
The following links provide additional useful information regarding Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease:
- Dean Ornish Website
- Ornish Research
- Ornish Nutritional Information
- Ornish Fitness Information
- Ornish Stress Management
- Ornish Recipes
- Ornish Magazine