Although the well-established risk factors appear to be more dangerous to women than to men, it is not clear whether stress and work pressures, are also more powerful risk factors in women. If so, this would not necessarily mean that women are weak and can't withstand the pressure. Stress may also be one of the risk factors, along with diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking, that pose a greater danger to women than men. The reasons for these risk factors being more dangerous to women are not known. Work and domestic pressures in both men and women are complex and difficult to measure and distinguish from other risk factors (see Chapter 11).
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