Ornish Reversal Program
Cliff entered the Ornish Reversal Program with apprehension despite having known about it for a while.
“I heard about the program about 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy,” Cliff says. “I originally learned about it from one of Dr. Ornish’s books.”
Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick, or rigid. Doctors warned Cliff that if his heart continued to enlarge, he would have a heart attack that he wouldn’t survive. Ultimately, he required a heart transplant.
Even with a new heart, Cliff didn’t change much about his lifestyle.
“Before I began the Ornish Reversal Program, I was roughly 40 lbs. overweight and out of shape. Oh, I exercised, but not much. I didn’t like working in the yard because I couldn’t last very long.”
Though he first discovered Dr. Ornish’s 72-hour program two decades ago, it wasn’t until the program was brought to St. Vincent’s in 2015 that he realized he would finally have the guidance and assistance he needed to make a sweeping lifestyle change.
He met the first few weeks with cautious skepticism, but as the instructors continued to work with the group, his confidence grew and he gradually accepted the changes necessary to reverse the defects that plagued his heart.
Just a couple months after the first cohort concluded, Cliff says he’d confidently recommend the Ornish Reversal Program to others.
“If you want to reverse your heart condition, I highly recommend you join the Ornish Program. The only thing you have to lose is the extra weight, heavy breathing after just a few steps, and old, tight-fitting clothes.”
What is the Ornish Reversal Program?
Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease is the only scientifically proven program to stop the progression and even reverse the effects of heart disease. By embracing a complete lifestyle change including diet, exercise, stress management and community support, you can decrease your risk of heart disease without the need for surgery.
When added to current therapies, treatments and medication, the Ornish Reversal Program has been proven to reduce the number of daily medications needed to manage heart disease and the likelihood for repeat procedures.
Even if you have a family history of heart disease, this 72-hour program can help you overcome your genetics and live with a healthy heart.
Find Out if You're Eligible
Potential participants in the Ornish Reversal Program will have experienced one or more of the following:
- Heart Attack within the Last 12 Months
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Chest Pain
- Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
- Balloon or Coronary Stenting
- Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant
Start Healing Your Heart Today
If you experience frequent chest pain or have experienced a heart event in the past, talk to your doctor about the Ornish Reversal Program. You can also contact an Ornish Care Specialist at 1-877-888-3091 to learn how you can enroll.