Working together, Saint Joseph Hospital and National Jewish Health offer an Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program for patients with severe heart disease. Based on Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™, the program and approach have demonstrated significant improvement in patients with heart disease for more than 35 years.
In fact, based on a 2011 study of 4,000 patients in Pennsylvania, Nebraska and West Virginia who participated in the program, after a year:
Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation is a 9-week program made up of 4-hour weekly sessions. The sessions are conducted in small groups and facilitated by a team of certified and trained staff who reinforce four dimensions of lifestyle change.
The Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation accepts patients with physician referral with indications that include: