Doctors are more likely to diagnose an anxiety disorder in women who are stressed out when they are demonstrating signs of possible heart problems. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with heart problems even when they are presenting with stress and anxiety. Doctors in a recent study were given case studies to read: a 47 year old man or a 56 year old woman. The men and women both reported symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and irregular heart rhythms. When it was stated that the patient appeared anxious and reported a high degree of stress the doctors were more likely to diagnose female patients with anxiety disorders but men were more likely to be diagnosed with heart problems. If the women had symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath but did not report anxiety and stress then they were as likely as men to be diagnosed with heart problems.
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