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Dr. Ornish's Program for
Reversing Heart Disease®

The first program scientifically proven to “undo” (reverse) heart disease by optimizing four important areas of your life:

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Participants experience the program within a small consistent group, who all have the common goal of reversing their heart disease and improving their well-being.

Each session lasts 4 hours, for a total of 72 hours.

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“I had so much angina that I was popping more than 20 nitros a day. After only a few weeks on this program, I was free of chest pain, and my heart disease showed some reversal after 1 year and even more reversal after 5 years.”
Mel Lefer, program participant
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The Difference

This program has been proven to undo heart disease by dealing with the root causes and not just its effects. The combined effect of all four lifestyle elements makes the transformative difference.

NUTRITION:

Enjoy nourishingly delicious meals and discover friendly ways to prepare them at home.

STRESS MANAGEMENT:

Learn a range of techniques to relax, release stress and react in healthier ways.

FITNESS:

Experience the vitality that comes from daily moderate activity.

LOVE & SUPPORT:

Give and receive emotional support to help unlock the healing power of community.

“It is so simple! I wish other people would understand that they have choices, other than just medications, to manage their disease.”
Cathy Lynch, program participant

The Proof

37 years of scientific evidence conducted by Dean Ornish, M.D.® and his colleagues in collaboration with the UC San Francisco and other leading academic institutions shows that changes in diet and lifestyle can make a powerful difference in your heart function and overall well-being.

  • 1978

    Pilot study showed that even severe heart disease could be reversed by the Ornish Program, as demonstrated by improved blood flow to the heart after only 30 days.

  • 1983

    Randomized controlled trial showed, for the first time, that even severe heart disease could be reversed by the Ornish Program, as demonstrated by improved cardiac function after only 30 days.

  • 1990

    A randomized controlled trial showed, for the first time, that even severe heart disease could be reversed by the Ornish Program, as demonstrated by reductions (reversal) in coronary artery blockages after one year.

  • 1998

    A randomized controlled trial showed, for the first time, that there was even more reversal of coronary artery blockages after five years than after one year. Also, cardiac PET scans revealed that 99% of patients were able to stop or reverse their heart disease after five years on the Ornish Program.

  • 2005

    A randomized controlled trial showed, for the first time, that the progression of early-stage prostate cancer may be stopped or even reversed by the Ornish Program after one year.

  • 2008

    After only three months on the Ornish Program, over 500 genes were changed: turning on genes that enhance health, turning off genes that promote heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer.

  • 2010

    Medicare announced coverage of the “Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease®," the first time that Medicare has covered an integrative medicine program.

  • 2013

    The Ornish Program increased the length of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control aging and how long we live. As telomeres get longer, our lives get longer. This is the first study showing that any intervention may lengthen telomeres.

“The staff and the group experience were essential to my success in the program.”
Jim Vavrek, program participant

The Benefits

  • Feel more energy.
  • Improve your quality of life.
  • Lower your chances of needing surgery.
  • Reduce your risk of a heart-related event.
  • Learn to anticipate and manage stress more effectively.
  • With your doctor’s guidance, reduce or discontinue many and sometimes all medications.

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How do participants stay involved after completing the program?

After completing the program, 87.9% of participants continue to get together regularly to support each other. Our certified locations offer its ‘Alumni Community’ support and robust online resources.  We are committed to participants continuing to thrive as they sustain this healthy lifestyle.

After one year on the program 87.9% participants remain committed.

Is the Ornish program covered by my insurance plan?

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Will I still see my regular doctor while I’m a program participant?

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Where are Ornish Program locations?

The Ornish program is healing hearts and transforming lives across a growing network. Find a location near you using our site directory.

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“I didn’t expect to love the food as much as I do. I haven’t had a bad meal yet and have never gone hungry.”
Janine Mansell, program participant