Dean Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehab Available at LCVI

November 20, 2017

The Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute now offers the innovative Dean Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program at its satellite location on South County Trail in East Greenwich, R.I.

“We’re excited to be the first health care system in New England to offer the Dean Ornish cardiac rehab  program, which has proven so effective in reversing heart disease,” said Wen-Chih “Hank” Wu, MD, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at The Miriam Hospital.

The nine-week lifestyle medicine program has been scientifically shown to improve health and reduce risk in patients with cardiac disease by:

  • lowering LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
  • decreasing frequency and severity of angina
  • reducing body weight
  • decreasing depression
  • reducing the risk of cardiac events
  • decreasing the need for medications
  • lowering chances of requiring future surgery
  • improving other health conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

Classes meet twice a week for nine weeks. Each four-hour session focuses on nutrition, activity, stress management and emotional support. For the convenience of patients who work, classes are offered morning, afternoon and evening.

The Ornish intensive rehab program is appropriate for individuals who have had a heart attack within the past year; had valve replacement, bypass surgery, angioplasty and stent placement, or a heart transplant; or who have stable angina. Most insurance plans cover the program for patients with cardiac disease, but it’s advisable to contact your insurer before enrolling to confirm coverage and ask about costs.

A referral from the patient’s cardiologist or primary care physician is required for enrollment. For more information, call 401-793-5810.

The Dean Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program is offered at the Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center, 1454 South County Trail, East Greenwich. The facility has plenty of parking, lockers and showers, a kitchen for cooking demonstrations, a yoga and meditation room, resistance training and cardiovascular exercise equipment, and an indoor walking track.

Christina Spaight O'Reilly

Senior Public Relations Officer
Rhode Island Hospital