Heart Disease

Environment, Stress and Gender

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Editors
Weidner, G., Kopp, M.S., Kristenson, M.
Pub. date
July 2002
Pages
404
Binding
hardcover
Volume
327 of NATO Science Series, I: Life and Behavioural Sciences
ISBN print
978-1-58603-082-7
Subject
Life & Behavioural Sciences
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This book addresses one major question: Why do men get more heart disease than women? Recent global trends in heart disease show that traditional coronary risk factors, such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol are poor candidates in explaining the gender gap in heart disease. Changes in these risk factors also cannot explain the recent cardiovascular disease epidemic among middle-aged men in Eastern Europe. This book will focus on environmental, behavioral, and psychosocial variables, as well as new risk factors of a biological nature in an attempt to understand the gender gap in heart disease. It combines perspectives from numerous disciplines, such as demography, epidemiology, medicine, sociology, and psychology.
This book features the work of a distinguished group of international researchers appearing in Richard Stone's report on “Stress: the invisible hand in Eastern Europe's death rates" (Science, vol. 288, June 9, 2000, pp. 1732-33). It combines perspectives from numerous disciplines, such as demography, epidemiology, medicine, nutrition, sociology, and psychology to explore the environmental, behavioral, and psychosocial influences on men's greater susceptibility to heart disease.