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The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease Coming Exclusively to St. Vincent's HealthCare

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, is now offering patients a way to actually reverse their heart disease.

The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is the first program scientifically proven to reverse heart disease. The evidence is so strong, Medicare now reimburses for it. St. Vincent’s is the only health system in Florida and Georgia to offer patients access to this life-altering program.

“St. Vincent’s is the region’s cardiology leader. For decades we have been the first to bring cardiology advances to our patients but most of those advances simply help patients live with the disease. The Ornish Reversal Program is designed to help patients actually reverse their heart disease and live longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Saumil Oza, Chief of Cardiology at St. Vincent’s Riverside and medical director of the Ornish Reversal Program at St. Vincent’s.

Participants are immersed in a nine-week intensive program that overhauls their nutrition, fitness and stress management while educating them on the importance of their support network.

The Ornish Reversal Program is based on more than three decades of research showing the progression of coronary artery disease and other chronic conditions can be treated and reversed through lifestyle changes. Dr. Ornish is a best-selling author and has been featured on national shows like Dr. Oz, Oprah and Larry King and in top publications like Newsweek, TIME and U.S. News & World Report.

“My colleagues and I are helping to create a new paradigm of healthcare – one based on addressing the underlying causes of heart disease and many other chronic diseases,” said Dr. Ornish. “My vision has always been to sustainably transform lives for the better by making simple lifestyle choices. Participants embrace the program because they have more energy, less stress, more emotional support, much less pain, and greater physical endurance – in short, they feel empowered to regain control of their lives.”

The Ornish Reversal Program is reimbursed by Medicare and other commercial payers for qualified individuals. St. Vincent’s will host its first session on Aug. 17. Interested patients can call 1-877-888-3091or visit www.jaxhealth.com/Ornish.