Blood Pressure- Silent Killer

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    Blood Pressure- Silent Killer


    Posted at Steriodology by my brother StoneColdNTO

    High Blood Pressure - "the Silent Killer" - a true story
    I thought that I would share this with you all so hopefully you can avoid what has happened to me.

    High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because often it displays no symptoms and can lead to stroke and heart disease.

    First, a little background info on myself. I am 44, 5’10”, 225 lbs. Approx. 12 –14 % bf.
    Have being training for 12 yrs, last 4 very serious. Have done 2 cycles, last on consisting was;

    Wk 1 – 3, 100 mg Testolents EOD
    Wk 1-9, 300 mg Organon Deca
    Wk 1-10, 558 mg Testoviron Depot
    Wk 7 -12, 50 mg Zambon winny every 36 hours
    1 mg armidex EOD

    About half way through this cycle, I started getting short of breath & noticed a slight tightening in my chest. No big deal I thought, maybe just bordering on over training.

    Two weeks after above cycle ended, shortness of breath was pretty well gone, but the tightening sensation in my chest was a little more pronounced, so I made a visit to the Medi Centre to get things checked. My bp was 170/100. He sent me for chest x-rays and an ECG that day, as well as starting me on bp meds. The results took about a week to come back, x-ray was ok. ECG was abnormal. Bp now was 160/110. An appointment was scheduled with a Internal Med Specialist to get a stress test done as well as he started me on a beta-blocker.

    To make a long story short, I had a nuclear stress test done that showed that my left ventricle was enlarged. The specialist figures that the high bp , combined with heavy lifting (increases bp too) caused this. Steroids never entered into the conversation at all. Basically in laymen’s terms this means at present my heart is only working at 66% efficiency.

    He also told me that if we keep my bp under control, start some cardio and ease up on the weights, that my heart should return to normal. But the more that this enlargement happens, the weaker the heart muscle becomes, eventually leading to congestive heart failure.

    I guess the moral of this story is, it is very, very important to monitor your blood pressure, whether on cycle or not. They don’t call it the “silent killer” for nothing.
    I would highly recommend that everyone invest in a bp machine and religiously monitor their bp. I just got a top of the line model and it only cost $110 Cdn, a very small price to pay as compared to one’s life.

    BTW, I have never had high bp before and I don’t blame steroids, this could have happened without ever touching AAS, which makes checking your bp whether on cycle or not very important.

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    In the last couple days I have noticed a popped blood vessel in my eye and have gotten nose bleeds for no reason at all. Yesterday I was grunting on the toilet and then my nose started dripping like a faucet. My heart is beats noticeably more violently and is some times hard to get to sleep. Are these signs of high bp. I am in my eighth week of my cycle including 37.5 mg tren EOD(low dose right). I am going to get my bp checked today and if it is high is there any other precautions I can take ,with exception of ending cycle short, that will lower bp.
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    When you get your BP checked, make sure the nurse uses the large cuff (assuming your arms aren't scrawny...). A small cuff on a large arm can result in wildly inaccurate readings.
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    good tip demon, went to the univ doctor awhile back and they were a little concerned about the readings... I wasn't paying attention until afterwords, the doc came in and switched out the cuffs, did it again. the nurses/assistants will screw up sometimes.
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    About 5 months ago when I was in the beginning (4th day) of a 1-test/4-ad/1,4-andro cycle, my bp was 143/82...

    I was 18 at the time and my bp had never been over 120-25/60-68...so I was like "oh ****"
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    walgreens 15.99 geat self applying bp machine.
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    I got 130/82. That isnt that bad, I think im gonna stay away from juice (but not 1-test haha) because hpb and high cholesterol are in my genes.
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    What are some more symptoms of HBP? I get the occasional bloody nose when training heavy (afterwards) and now and then my hands feel swollen and tight..like they are pumped up.
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    just had my BP checked about an hour ago. 130/175 normal right. WTF is up with my symptoms. Headaches, nosebleeds, popped blood vessel in my eye. Trained legs yesterday and thought I was going to have a heart attack.
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    Originally posted by pinzino
    130/175 normal right.
    That's nowhere close to normal. It's extremely high.

    Are you sure that's the correct reading?
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    Originally posted by pinzino
    . 130/175
    The systolic (when heart is contracting) pressure (130 in this case) should never be higher than the dyastolic (when heart is relaxing) pressure (175 here).....

    Are you sure it was not 130/75??
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    Pinzino I would get that rechecked if I were you. That is way too high. That is stroke or heart attack range man. Check it again.
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    I am sure that is the reading that the doc gave me. But I got it checked again around dinner time at the local health center on an electric machine and the reading was 148/65. The RN said the systolic was a little high but the diastolic was normal. The RN told me the high systolic was due to anxiety. But I know what the actual cause is .......TREN. Never thought I would say this but I am actually looking forward to finishing off my fina, I don't much care for the sides. No sleep is a bitch and BP problems really suck.
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    Damn...very scary ****. My best friend's father passed away not long ago from a Heart Attack, he was only in his late 40s.

    I got myself my own blood pressure monitor coming in the mail soon and I will tests its accuracy against the reading in the doctors office.

    Thanks for the post.
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