WVU Hospitals to host Ornish open house

Event to be held April 8

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) is hosting an open house Mon., April 8 for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease from 5 to 7:15 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria (fourth floor).

The Ornish program is scientifically proven to slow, stop and even reverse the progression of heart disease. It encompasses nutrition, stress management, moderate aerobic exercise and group support.

Candidates for the Ornish program include:
•    People contemplating bypass surgery or angioplasty but seeking an alternative 
•    People who have previously undergone a heart procedure and 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

“This program is proof that a person diagnosed with heart disease does not have to be plagued with it for life,” Dave Harshbarger, Ornish program director at WVUH, said. “It’s not too late to do something about it. We hope that people will use the open house as the first step to reversing heart disease.”

The open house will include an information session with Shanthi Manivannan, M.D., medical director of the WVUH Ornish program, and a cooking demonstration with free Ornish friendly food samples. A stress management and group support session will also be held.

For more information on the open house or to RSVP, call 304-293-2520.

For more information on the Ornish program at WVUH, see www.hsc.wvu.edu/Wellness/Dr-Dean-Ornish-Program/Default.aspx.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 03-31-10

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