Trying to be the perfect mother and career woman is overwhelming. Research indicates that this stress could have an impact on women’s hearts…

For years studies have linked stress and cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, stress increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

While work is one common form of stress, women face the additional stress of trying to fulfil family needs, maintain the running of a household and childcare.

Research has found that, in comparison with women, men have less work interference with family and more time for personal care and leisure time.

Although men have started to help more at home, women still feel the gender-specific pressure to try and do it all. This leads to a lack of work-life balance.

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