Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease®
Nationally Recognized Program Close to Home
If you’ve had serious heart trouble and are ready for what could be a lifesaving change, we have good news. A nationally recognized program offered at Beacon Health System is proven to help halt the progression of heart disease and possibly reverse it when used with standard treatment and medication.
Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease™ (commoly referred to as the Ornish Reversal Program™) has been so effective in preventing or undoing damage to the heart that Medicare and other insurers have made the decision to cover it under a new benefit category—intensive cardiac rehabilitation.
The program was developed through decades of research by Dean Ornish, MD®, president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California.
You could benefit from the program if:
- You’ve had a heart attack in the past 12 months
- You’ve had coronary artery bypass surgery
- You currently have stable angina pectoris (chest pain)
- You’ve had heart valve repair or replacement
- You’ve had a balloon angioplasty or coronary stenting
- You’ve had a heart or heart-lung transplant
What to Expect
You’ll take the program as part of a group, attending 18 four-hour sessions. You’ll get support from an expert team focusing on four elements of your life: eating right, staying active, managing stress, and support from family and friends.
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 stress.
- Nutrition: Develop a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based eating plan (less than 10% of daily calories 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.
It’s a commitment that could change your life for the better and make you healthier in many ways, including:
- Reducing your risk of heart attack or other heart problems
- Reducing the severity and frequency of chest pain
- Helping prevent the need for heart surgery
- Decreasing your need for heart medication
- Lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure
- Helping you feel better, with more energy for the things you love to do
Elkhart General Hospital
600 East Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514
621 Memorial Drive, Suite 607
South Bend, IN 46601
(Located in Centennial Medical Square)