Next session of Dr. Dean Ornish program to begin in February

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Participants are now being enrolled for the next Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease starting in early February at WVU Healthcare. The Ornish Program has enabled thousands of people to lower their risk of heart attacks and avoid the need for procedures like angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery.

“This lifestyle modification program enables participants to slow, stop, and reverse many of the symptoms of coronary artery disease,” Dave Harshbarger, Ornish program director at WVU Healthcare, said. “Many people are able to avoid invasive procedures and stave off first or repeat heart attacks or strokes.”

The Ornish Program combines a low-fat vegetarian diet, moderate aerobic exercise, stress management, and social support to reduce chest pain (angina), blockages in coronary arteries, and serum cholesterol levels. The program’s components help improve blood flow through the heart muscle, exercise capacity, and the sense of well-being and satisfaction with life.
Candidates for the program include:
  • People who are contemplating bypass surgery or angioplasty but seeking an alternative that may reduce the need for these procedures
  • People who have previously experienced one or more heart procedures and want to minimize the chances of repeating them
  • People diagnosed with coronary artery disease (angina or past heart attacks)
  • People with significant risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels and a strong family history
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in West Virginia and the United States. In fact, it kills nearly 7,000 West Virginians each year; in the United States, that number is closer to a half million.
The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease offers hope to heart patients so that they don’t become a part of those statistics.

Those insured by Medicare, PEIA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Geisinger Health Plan may qualify for coverage.

For more information or to join, call 304-293-2520.


For more information:
Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
dh: 01-07-14

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