​Early death of football coach Mike Leach illustrates need to maintain heart health

By Regence
December 15, 2022

Revered football coach Mike Leach died recently following complications from a heart condition, the Seattle Times reported. The passing of the 61-year-old coach, who led the Washington State University Cougars to achieve bowl eligibility six times, is a good reminder of the importance of maintaining your heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women from most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person dies every 34 seconds in the U.S. from heart disease, the CDC says. Having regular check-ups with your doctor and receiving recommended preventive care can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Most Regence health plans cover preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs when you see an in-network provider. That includes an annual wellness visit with your primary care provider, who can make sure your heart is in good condition and recommend things you can do to improve your heart health.

Cardiovascular behavioral therapy and screenings are also covered every year, and screening tests for cholesterol, lipid and triglyceride levels are covered once every five years. Most plans also cover nutrition counseling to help you establish a heart-healthy diet. Check your insurance plan today to see what’s covered for you and to learn more.

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