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Patients in our program consistently improve their health markers and make long-term lifestyle changes. To learn more about the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program, call 310-794-1800.

Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation for those who want to significantly improve their lives

Welcome to a whole new way of living - one that will take commitment from you, but can help you feel better, younger and more active.

UCLA Health is proud to offer Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease (Ornish Reversal Program), the only scientifically proven program to stop the progression and even reverse the effects of heart disease.

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UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Interdisciplinary Team and Cohort 28 at Graduation

The UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine outpatient program consists of 18 four-hour sessions, delivered twice per week from 3:30pm - 8:15pm (M/W) and 3:30 PM to 7:45 PM (T/Th) for 9-weeks at UCLA Medical Plaza. These sessions are participatory and experiential. During each of these meetings, participants experience stress management (1-hour), emotional group support (1-hour), exercise (1-hour), enjoy a nutritious plant-based meal, and listen to educational lectures (1-hour). Our interdisciplinary team will provide patient-centered care during every step of the 9-week program to optimize their lifestyle changes.

This nationally-recognized program has been so effective that the Centers for Medicare & Medicade decided to make it available to Medicare members under a new benefit category called "Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs." UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine is the first integrative medicine treatment program of its kind to receive this level of support.

The following list provides program insurance eligibility criteria for Medicare and most PPO insurance companies, including Blue Shield. If you have questions about insurance coverage, please contact us at 310-794-1800.

Potential program candidates may have been given one or more of the following diagnoses or treated with one of the following interventions:

  • Acute Myocardial infarction within the last 12 months (Heart Attack)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Current Stable Angina Pectoris (Chest Pain)
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (Balloon) or Coronary Stenting
  • Heart or Heart-Lung Transplant

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 reduces the likelihood for repeat procedures.

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