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Ornish lifestyle modification program continues to produce impressive outcomes for CHD.
The Dean Ornish program for cardiac rehabilitation has been undergoing a national trial of patients with moderate to severe heart disease. Preliminary results indicate that the program can actually reverse coronary artery disease by lowering patients' cholesterol levels and reducing their blood pressure. Although the regimen requires a strict vegetarian diet, the program saves money over traditional therapies such as angioplasty and appears to be even more effective.