just wanted to give you guys a heads up on some of the newer preworkout formulas. as someone who has battled borderline HBP, i'm always looking after it and trying to steer clear of things that raise it, however, for those in the same boat as me who have theirs somewhat under control, be careful when combining newer preworkout formulas with nitrates and lots of stuff for pump, as i think they may have lowered mine too much.
basically, i've battled HBP for a while, and most recently went to the doctor when my home monitor was reading no less than 145/90, and as high as 150/105... went to the doctor and got a reading of 128/88, which is good for me and he basically told me my cuff is too tight because it's made for upwards of 13.5 inch arm, and mine is 16" relaxed. went back a couple months later after improving my diet even more and it was 110/78.
i've had some and just sitting in my cabinet, so i figured i'd use it because a) i didn't want it to go to waste, and b) i've been eating a lot worse now that i've been working and can't prepare my own meals at lunch. additionally, i've been alternating between and jacked micro for the past couple of weeks along with 100mg ubiquinol and upwards of 900mg (3 pills a day) along with my high-potassium diet. lately i've been feeling lightheaded at the gym, and figured it was my blood sugar dropping or dehydration or something because it's been so hot recently and i've been sweating like crazy.
anyway, today, as i was about to pop my 2nd hawthorn pill, i figured i'd take my blood pressure because the dizziness came on pretty hard post-workout. my monitor, which was reading 10-20 points high compared to the doctor gave me a reading at 109/76. that kind of freaked me out because i imagined it was much lower than that, took it again, and it was 118/85. hopefully there wasn't a full 10-20 point discrepancy as 89/56 and 98/65 would be scary low for me.
so i just wanted to post my findings and give a warning to other guys in similar a similar situation as i am - preworkouts that effectively induce vasodilation or contain nitrates might not be ideal if you're taking other things to control your blood pressure. needless to say, i'm going to drop the hawthorn extract and ubiquinol (i probably didn't need them in the first place) and monitor my BP while on these pwo's.
just wanted to share my findings with you guys.