The female heart reacts more sensitively to stress -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

The female heart reacts more sensitively to stress

While the number of men dying from a heart attack has been constantly decreasing during the past twenty years, the fatal risk particularly in young women has increased significantly. Gender medicine has already demonstrated that women exhibit different symptoms. A new insight shows that stress in the daily routine has particularly adverse effects on the hearts of women.


Photo: Stressed-out woman with pile of files in front of her; Copyright: Fürstberger

The impact of psychosocial stress on the health of women's hearts has been underestimated in the past. The multiple stress factors due to job, household and domestic care of relatives cause the stress symptoms which may manifest organically in the heart; © Reinhard Fürstberger