UC San Diego Health proudly offers
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ for our intensive cardiac rehabilitation patients.
Also learn about our
standard cardiac rehabilitation track.
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ is the only scientifically proven program to slow, stop and even reverse the effects of heart disease. The program integrates the best of traditional medicine and comprehensive lifestyle changes. Patients learn good habits that last well beyond the program and into their daily lives, including:
Stress management: Participants learn techniques to improve fitness and reduce stress
through movement and relaxation exercises. The program not only helps with stress management but also makes participants more aware of what happens physically, emotionally and spiritually during stressful times.
Group support: By connecting with others and sharing experiences, participants gain confidence in their ability to improve their health and are more likely to maintain their progress.
Nutrition: During each session, participants share a nutritious, plant-based meal while
learning about lifestyle behaviors. The program focuses on developing a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based eating plan.
Fitness: Participants exercise together, with an emphasis on regular, moderate aerobic and strength training exercises.
Medicare and most insurances -- including Blue Shield of California -- reimburse up to 18, 4-hour sessions, which meet twice weekly for a total of 9 weeks.