This research was supported by HL 07560 and by funds from the John D. and Catherine T, MacArthur Network on the Determinants and Consequences of Health Promoting and Health Damaging Behavior.
Sex Differences in Physiological Responses to Stress and in Coronary Heart Disease: A Causal Link?
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 127–131, March 1987
How to Cite
Stoney, C. M., Davis, M. C. and Matthews, K. A. (1987), Sex Differences in Physiological Responses to Stress and in Coronary Heart Disease: A Causal Link?. Psychophysiology, 24: 127–131. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1987.tb00264.x
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
- (Manuscript received December 30, 1986; accepted for publication January 7, 1987)
- Sex differences;
- Coronary heart disease;
- Reproductive hormones;
This editorial offers and provides preliminary support for the hypothesis that sex differences exist in physiological responses to acute behavioral stress, which may aid in understanding the enormous sex differences in risk for coronary heart disease. Epidemiological data regarding the differential sex experience of coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality are discussed, followed by a meta-analytic review of available psychophysiological data on sex differences in stress-induced cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses. The implications of the meta-analysis for conceptual and methodological issues in psychophysiological research are highlighted.