Definition of Ornish Program – Dean Ornish Diet

An intensive lifestyle-oriented method for reducing the risk for coronary artery disease (cad) and heart attack.

Named for Dean Ornish, the American physician who developed the approach, the Ornish program features a strict vegetarian diet very low in fat along with daily yoga, walking, meditation, and participation in support groups.

In the early 2000s in the United States, Medicare approved the Ornish program as an alternative treatment approach for CAD and rehabilitation following heart attack.

The program arises from 25 years of clinical research supporting the effectiveness of restrictive diet to halt and sometimes reverse CAD.

Numerous cardiovascular rehabilitation centers around the country offer the Ornish program. It is important to maintain the lifestyle changes after completing the structured program.

See also CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION; LIFESTYLE AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH.

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