For more than 37 years, Dr. Dean Ornish and his colleagues have conducted research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes can prevent, slow, stop and even reverse heart disease. CAMC is proud to offer Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease (Ornish Lifestyle MedicineTM).
Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease at CAMC is a unique, innovative and scientifically proven program that treats coronary artery disease, providing an alternative to conventional treatments that use invasive procedures such as bypasses, angioplasties and stents. It is also a great prevention option for people with risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and others.
Our certified clinical team guides program participants through an experiential journey consisting of four program elements:
Participants complete the program in a small, consistent group of other program members. Each program group can accommodate approximately 8-15 individuals. Participants in this outpatient program commit to the program guidelines and attendance for all 18 program sessions (approx. 9 weeks). Attendance at each 4-hour session includes participating in one hour of exercise, one hour of stress management, one hour of group support and one hour of an Ornish Lifestyle Medicine-approved nutritious meal and lecture. During each session, a trained chef prepares an evening meal that is shared onsite with the group.
Outcomes such as weight, blood pressure, body fat and waist measurements, cholesterol and glucose levels, depression levels (and others) are assessed at initial enrollment in the program, at program completion and again at one year to evaluate participant progress and success. Following completion of the program, ongoing support is available as needed from the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine team as well as the Charleston Area Ornish Connection, a self-directed community.
Our experienced and professional team works with primary care physicians and specialists, such as cardiologists, to identify candidates for the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine. Candidates are carefully screened to ensure that the program is right for them. Participants who are in the program continue to be treated by their primary physician who will receive regular reports on their patients.
CAMC is currently enrolling qualified participants in Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. To determine whether you may be eligible for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine at CAMC or for more information, call (304) 388-9411 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.