Sex Differences in Physiological Responses to Stress and in Coronary Heart Disease: A Causal Link?

Catherine M. Stoney, Mary C. Davis, Karen A. Matthews

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes



  • Coronary heart disease
  • Meta‐analysis
  • Psychophysiology
  • Reproductive hormones
  • Sex differences
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry

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