Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

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Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease® is the first program scientifically proven to “undo” (reverse) heart disease by optimizing four important areas of your life: stress management, group support, fitness and nutrition. This program has been proven to undo heart disease by dealing with the root causes and not just its effects. Participants work with a delivery team throughout the program to implement these lifestyle modifications. The combined effect of all four lifestyle elements makes the transformative difference.

The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program is based on more than three decades of research showing that the progression of coronary artery disease and other chronic conditions can be treated and reversed through lifestyle changes.

The Benefits

Why enroll in the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program? Because of the results. The program is scientifically proven to:
  1. Reduce the risk of heart-related events
  2. Decrease the frequency and severity of chest discomfort
  3. Lower the likelihood of future surgery
  4. Lessen dependence on medications
  5. Lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and bring about weight loss
  6. Increase your capacity for exercise

Four Key Program Elements

This proven, non-invasive program consists of 18, four-hour sessions focused on bringing about sustainable lifestyle changes in four equally weighted elements: personalized nutrition, exercise, love and support, and stress management.


The 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 program of its kind to receive this level of support. Qualifying criteria for the program includes, but is not necessarily limited to, 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 Coronary Angioplasty (Balloon) or Coronary Stenting
  • Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine can help prevent heart disease as well as reverse it – which makes it a great treatment option for those with risk factors of heart disease (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity) and those with heart disease alike.

To enroll or learn more about the Ornish program, call (432) 221-LIFE (5433).