AAS/PH and Heart Problems?
- 01-04-2010, 12:41 PM
AAS/PH and Heart Problems?
I went in today for my pre-gyno surgery order pickup, which is on Wednesday. I ended up talking to this lady nurse and she gave me this 15 minute speech on how AAS is bad for your heart muscles and heart valves, and how Arnold S had to get a heart valve replacement?
Does anybody have any thoughts on this? And does this include AAS like Anavar and such that are often prescribed?
- 01-04-2010, 01:00 PM
01-04-2010, 01:05 PM
01-04-2010, 01:12 PM
01-04-2010, 01:25 PM
Arnold had a Bicuspid Aortic valve.. a genetic defect which required replacement..
He also AFAIK had bypass surgery which was most likely due to high calories and saturated fats..
Bodybuilding in nature is good for the heart, as long as cardio is combined..
The high calorie diets can be strenuous, but I have also heard that many AAS can be stressfull on the left heart/ventricles myocardium.. however I never checked into the validity of any of this.. However it does make some sense.
BTW Open heart surgery is practically as common today as ****ing apendectomies.. it's routine and thousands get it with no probs- it's scary idea but really NBD..
01-04-2010, 01:57 PM
Yes it is bad for your heart and that is very obivious, its like saying cigerettes dont cause cancer. The difference between a doctor precribing them to you is the dosages, he is prescribing healthy normal doses, and we are taking superhuman doses to gain muscle (abuse) . You can think of it as running nitrous through an engine, sooner or later your gonna need to start replacing parts.. For some people thats worth it.
01-04-2010, 02:03 PM
01-04-2010, 02:07 PM
1) Chief Physician/Senior Cardiologist, Oslo University Hospital – Aker, Trondheimsveien 235, 0514-Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) has been linked to a variety of different cardiovascular side effects. In case reports, acute myocardial infarction is the most common event presented, but other adverse cardiovascular effects such as left ventricular hypertrophy, reduced left ventricular function, arterial thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and several cases of sudden cardiac death have also been reported. However, to date there are no prospective, randomized, interventional studies on the long-term cardiovascular effects of abuse of AAS. In this review we have studied the relevant literature regarding several risk factors for cardiovascular disease where the effects of AAS have been scrutinized:
(1) Echocardiographic studies show that supraphysiologic doses of AAS lead to both morphologic and functional changes of the heart. These include a tendency to produce myocardial hypertrophy (Fig. 3), a possible increase of heart chamber diameters, unequivocal alterations of diastolic function and ventricular relaxation, and most likely a subclinically compromised left ventricular contractile function. (2) AAS induce a mild, but transient increase of blood pressure. However, the clinical significance of this effect remains modest. (3) Furthermore, AAS confer an enhanced pro-thrombotic state, most prominently through an activation of platelet aggregability. The concomitant effects on the humoral coagulation cascade are more complex and include activation of both pro-coagulatory and fibrinolytic pathways. (4) Users of AAS often demonstrate unfavorable measurements of vascular reactivity involving endothelial-dependent or endothelial-independent vasodilatation. A degree of reversibility seems to be consistent, though. (5) There is a comprehensive body of evidence documenting that AAS induce various alterations of lipid metabolism. The most prominent changes are concomitant elevations of LDL and decreases of HDL, effects that increase the risk of coronary artery disease. And finally, (6) the use of AAS appears to confer an increased risk of life-threatening arrhythmia leading to sudden death, although the underlying mechanisms are still far from being elucidated. Taken together, various lines of evidence involving a variety of pathophysiologic mechanisms suggest an increased risk for cardiovascular disease in users of anabolic androgenic steroids.
01-04-2010, 02:20 PM
01-04-2010, 02:22 PM
01-04-2010, 02:31 PM
01-04-2010, 02:36 PM
Androgens will have more sides due to their effects on BP, increased VAT, etc. However, there is a huge difference between use and abuse and it is very difficult to make a definition for it. Everyone always brings up Arnold, but what about all of the other BBers from that era such as Columbu, Zane, Pearl, Draper, etc?
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-04-2010, 04:00 PM
01-04-2010, 04:08 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-04-2010, 04:13 PM
Yes, steroids can contribute to thickening of the heart walls with long term abuse. Most studies say it reverses within 6 months of stopping steroid use though.
01-04-2010, 04:17 PM
01-04-2010, 04:28 PM
i'd also like to see a study showing that heart issues from aas are reversible, 6 months seems awful short too. I wonder if you kept your blood pressure and cholesterol readings normalized while on aas if these issues would still remain?
01-04-2010, 04:33 PM
01-04-2010, 04:38 PM
01-04-2010, 06:09 PM
01-04-2010, 06:10 PM
01-04-2010, 06:15 PM
01-04-2010, 06:22 PM
Does anybody know of anything that can help reduce the risk of heart problems while on and off cycle?
01-04-2010, 06:23 PM
01-04-2010, 06:31 PM
01-04-2010, 10:40 PM
01-05-2010, 12:10 PM
"Before their cycle started the bodybuilders had their medication checked and analysed by the pharmacological department of the university." So the gear was good, and what in the world does contamination have to do with anything? Are you suggesting that, since the results were favorable reagrding LVH, contamination present in the gear may be a good thing for the heart?? Or that the possible absence of contamination proves a link between contamination and cardiac hypertrophy? What are you saying??
Dosages are not controlled, but again, why does that matter? Gear was used, in some cases heavily. "The weekly doses varied from a few hundred milligrams to more than thousand milligrams." Since it wasn't controlled, we can't draw any conclusions between specific dosages and the results, but that is irrelevant. Far and away the most important thing here is that the LVH reversed during the wash-out period; IOW, to quote directly from the piece once again: "On the other hand, the mean steroid dose of the present cycle was a strong predictor of variables like E/A ratio, ventricular weight of relative wall thickness; ... the deleterious effects wear off during wash out periods."
I think you're a smart dude, Rodja, but it seems to me that, since you admitted you'd never seen data about LVH being reversible, when presented with some evidence, you are choosing to ignore it.
01-05-2010, 12:12 PM
01-05-2010, 01:47 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-05-2010, 03:51 PM
Further, it is clearly stated that the subjects all had a history of steroid use, ranging "from one to twelve years." Once again I must ask, did you even read the study?
Bottom line: steroid users, using real steroids, were monoitored and studied for cardiac abnormalities. These abnormalities appreared. The abnormalities dissipated after discontinuation of use. Perhaps you can't draw anything else from the study other than that, but that alone is a compelling outcome.
Finally, this has come up before, and I posted some other evidence in an older thread. See Phera-plex dangers and scroll to my post (#17) for some more links.
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