New evidence may explain why work stress, family stress or other emotional stressors may harm women more than men. And it doesn’t have to do with mental toughness - rather, it’s biology.
Though the media tends to portray men as the victims of Type A workaholic stress, studies have shown that women are more likely to have heart problems after being under emotional stress. A “broken heart” (medically known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy) is eight times more common in women than men. In broken heart syndrome, the loss of a partner literally causes heart muscles to weaken.