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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.

A blueprint for lifelong transformation

UCLA Health Ornish Lifestyle Medicine is a turnkey program scientifically proven to reverse the progression of coronary heart disease in randomized controlled trials, published in the leading peer-reviewed medical journals. Your patients will be trained by a team of health care professionals as part of a 9-week program that integrates the best of traditional medicine and comprehensive lifestyle changes. Rapid results plus emotional support yield uncommonly high adherence to lifestyle changes, with a 87.9 % adherence rate one year after participation.

Referring Providers

Potential health benefits for your patients participating in the program include:

  • Reduced risk of cardiac events and their recurrence
  • Regression of coronary artery stenosis
  • Decreased size and severity of myocardial perfusion abnormalities
  • Significantly greater exercise capacity
  • Safe avoidance of surgical and percutaneous coronary revascularization procedures in eligible patients
  • Improvements in LDL cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose
  • Decreased frequency and severity of angina

Our program is now fully reimbursed by Medicare and other plans as Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our nationally-recognized program has been so effective in undoing years of damage to the heart that Medicare made the decision to cover it under a new benefit category-intensive cardiac rehabilitation-making it the first integrative medicine of its kind to receive this level of support.



Eligible Medicare beneficiaries will have experienced one or more of the following:

  • 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
  • Stable, Chronic Heart Failure – left ventricular EF of <35%

Physicians can refer patients by entering the referral portal in CareConnect or by calling (310) 794-1800.

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