MountainStar Health - April 25, 2019

Gender differences are often exaggerated. Beliefs like “men are poor listeners” or “women are ruled by emotion, not logic” are more stereotype than science. But when it comes to our hearts, men’s and women’s tickers do age differently, according to a study in Radiology.

Scans performed on about 3,000 older adults showed that aging causes both sexes to experience decreases in the volume of the heart’s left ventricle, its main pumping chamber. In men’s hearts, however, the muscle mass of this part of the heart also grew larger and thicker. This change can heighten the risk of heart failure.

When weighing the results, a lead researcher of the 10-year study acknowledged that the optimal heart disease treatment may be different for men and women, but more research is needed to develop personalized treatments. Should that happen, it will be a win-win for both men and women.