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
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
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
- 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
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
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