Island health briefs: 6-29-16

Heart program focuses on health


Heart program focuses on health

Island Heart Care will be offering patients an approach to reverse cardiac disease, “Dr. Ornish’s Reversing Heart Disease Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program,” beginning July 5.

This treatment option addresses the root cause of heart disease utilizing lifestyle as treatment. The program, Dr. Dean Ornish and his research have been featured widely in national media, including stories in Newsweek, TIME, U.S. News &World Report and The New York Times.

The program, covered by insurance, will be offered at Island Heart Care’s new location in Kona Crossroads Shopping Center on Henry Street, next to Safeway, in Kailua-Kona.

The Medicare-approved program has been available on the mainland since 2010.

Hawaii Island will now be offered the opportunity to attend 18 four-hour group sessions for a total of 72 hours. Each session can accommodate approximately 15 individuals who focus on improvement in four key areas: exercise, stress management, nutrition and group support.

Info: April Johnson at (808) 769-5225 and visit

Brain Injury Support Group to meet

The Brain Injury Support group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. July 13 at Hawaiian Rehab Services, just mauka of the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union on Hualalai Street.

The speaker will be Guinevere Davenport, who is a technician with a local sleep evaluation center in Kona. She will be discussing the process a patient goes through during an overnight sleep evaluation, also called polysomnography, among other topics.

The meeting also marks the 22nd anniversary of the Kona Brain Injury Support Group meetings. Pizza will be part of the celebration.


Info: Hawaiian Rehab at 329-0591.

By West Hawaii staff and wire sources

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