Reminder: WVU Hospitals offers Ornish heart-disease prevention program Thursday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals is hosting an open house for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease from 5 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 27) at WVU Hospitals Cafeteria (fourth floor).

The Ornish program includes a low-fat diet, stress management, moderate aerobic exercise and group support. By modifying their lifestyles, people are able to slow, stop or even reverse many of the symptoms of coronary artery disease. Ornish program participants can sometimes avoid the need for procedures such as angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery.

“With heart disease the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, it’s important to know that diet and exercise can effectively lower the risk,” Dave Harshbarger, Ornish program director at WVUH, says.  “Combining this with the other two components of stress management and social support, people may be able to begin reversing the process of heart disease.”

Ornish-friendly appetizers will be served at the open house.  For more information or to RSVP, call 304-293-2520.
The Ornish approach has been shown to reduce chest pain and blockages in coronary arteries while improving blood flow through the heart muscle. Participants also experience a greater sense of well-being and satisfaction with life.
Participants in the program at WVU Hospitals have experienced weight loss, decrease in body fat and lowered cholesterol levels. Studies have shown a drop in perceived stress as well.

Candidates for the Ornish program include:

  • People contemplating bypass surgery or angioplasty but seeking an alternative 
  • People who have previously undergone a heart procedure who want to minimize the chances of repeating it
  • People diagnosed with coronary artery disease
  • People with risk factors for heart disease such as family history or high cholesterol levels

For information on the Ornish program at WVUH see www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness/ornish.


For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
DH/ab: 8-24-09

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