|Welcome to the Dr. Dean Ornish Program
Dr. Sanjay Gupta does a story on The Ornish program here at WVU Healthcare.
Next program cohort to start February 17, 2014 with another cohort to start in late May
Call 304-598-4000 x72795 for more information
The non-invasive Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is the first program scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease.
A unique and innovative treatment program to supplement conventional treatment of heart disease, it combines moderate aerobic exercise, stress management
techniques, group support, and a low-fat, whole foods nutrition plan to improve blood flow to the heart and decrease cholesterol, blood pressure and chest
pain (angina). It is also used to prevent the development of heart disease in people with associated risk factors.
Dear Interested Participant:
Thank you for your interest in the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The Ornish Program is a lifestyle modification program that enables
participants to reverse many of the symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD). By doing so, many people are able to avoid invasive procedures such as bypass
surgery or angioplasty.
The Ornish Program has four components; each component is approximately an hour in length and delivered at West Virginia University Hospitals.
The four components are:
- A very low-fat vegetarian nutrition plan (less than 10 percent of daily calories from fat).
- Improved physical and aerobic conditioning through light, low-impact exercise, including yoga.
- Relaxation techniques to help cope with and reduce stress.
- Group support to enable participants to deal with the emotional issues that contribute to, or result from, heart disease.
Participants learn to use these tools during an intensive 12-week Program. Following the initial three-month period, participants are assigned a Program
schedule based on the extent of their risk of significant cardiac events (an additional three to nine months at 1x/week for 2-4 hours). Following completion
of the Program, on going support is available as needed and through our self-directed community.
- All sessions in Stage I meet for four hours.
- Weeks two through eleven meet twice per week.
- Week one and twelve will meet three times per week.
New sessions begin every three months. If you would like to speak with an Ornish staff person from West Virginia University Hospitals, please call 293-2520.
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