Over the past 40 years, the employment rate of working moms has significantly increased. At the same time, balancing a heavy workload along with the demands of family life may negatively affect women's heart health, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Among those potential effects are a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Additionally, more than one in three U.S. women live with some form of cardiovascular disease, the AHA said. The good news, though, is that there's hope--the more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of preventing it.
Eliminating all stress from work and home is a tall order, but simple lifestyle changes can help, suggests Dr. Daisy Nieto, a Las Palmas Medical Center cardiologist.
"Stress has a direct correlation with heart health. We're seeing this issue become more and more prevalent in women," she said. "In order to stay heart healthy and beat stress, I recommend getting more sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising and getting involved in activities that make you happy."
For more information about heart disease prevention and cardiology services at Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, visit LPDSHealthcare.com.