St. Jude's Ornish Reversal Program

St. Jude is proud to offer Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

We are one of only two hospitals in the western United States to offer the expertise and success of the Ornish Reversal Program, the first program scientifically proven to “undo” heart disease through simple but powerful lifestyle changes.

This highly effective program includes 72 hours of intensive lifestyle intervention—personalized nutrition, monitored fitness, stress management, and group support—aimed at dramatically improving the health of your heart.

Who can participate?

The Ornish Reversal Program has been so effective in undoing years of damage to the heart that Medicare and some insurance plans cover it under a new benefit category—intensive cardiac rehabilitation—making it the first of its kind to receive this level of support. There is also a self-pay option for the 9-week program. The conditions below may qualify you for the Ornish Reversal Program through your insurance:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stable angina (chest pain with exertion)
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
  • Angioplasty (Balloon) or Stent Placement

By making comprehensive lifestyle changes, most people find that they feel so much better, so quickly, it re-frames the reason for changing from fear of dying to joy of living.

What to expect?

You’ll work side-by-side with our team of experts, including physicians, fitness specialists, registered dietitians, yoga therapists, behavioral health specialists, and nurses who will show you how to make simple changes in your routine and habits that can have a profound impact on your health and quality of life.

  • Nutrition Education to help you adopt a low-fat vegetarian diet and discover how to prepare delicious heart-healthy meals at home.
  • Monitored Fitness to help you start and gradually increase low-impact exercise and experience the vitality that comes from daily moderate activity.
  • Stress Management to help you learn a range of techniques—from restorative yoga to meditation—to relax, release stress and react in healthier ways.
  • A Support Group to help you understand and gain support for emotional issues related to heart disease—and build friendships with others going through a similar experience.

Research shows that the progression of even severe coronary heart disease—as well as other chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and early-stage prostate cancers—can be stopped and even reversed by making these essential but achievable lifestyle changes.

Why should you make this commitment?

The simplest answer is because in just three months you will experience a dramatic improvement in your health and vitality. In many cases, these improvements occur much more quickly than thought possible. The Ornish Reversal Program can help you:

  • Have more energy
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Reduce your risk of a heart-related event
  • Become part of an emotionally supportive community
  • Lower your cholesterol, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar, and lose weight
  • Reduce or discontinue many and sometimes all medications, under your doctor’s guidance

After completing the program you’ll have access to the Ornish Alumni Community: people just like you who will serve as your support network after you graduate from the program and encourage your new healthy lifestyle habits. After one year on the program, almost 90 percent of participants remain committed.

We invite you to become part of this life-changing program. For more information, including eligibility criteria, please call
(714) 992-3000 ext. 3789 or email Physician referral is required. For more information, you can also visit

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