Q: I’ve been using 250 mg of testosterone enanthate (TE) weekly, along with 50 mg of nandrolone decanoate (ND), plus 4iu of growth hormone (GH). My blood pressure recently was 140/90; how can I lower it?
This is a moderate cycle and not HRT that many believe. You have to know that all anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) kick aldosterone and sodium, and that retains water as a result.
This is a fundamental mechanism of how systemic blood pressure is elevated. Therefore, you need to lower your doses in half.
Moreover, GH is known to cause fluid retention, hence minimize your dose in half as well. Furthermore, adding an aromatase inhibitor (AI) can provide a relief in edema coming from aromatization and estrogen.
Also, you can quit stimulants like caffeine, but also you may add a bit of potassium in your diet (bananas, potatoes, oranges).
Skipping table salt is also necessary. In case your blood pressure doesn’t drop down to 120/80, you have to consider taking medication.
Angiotensin receptor blockers- ARBs (telmisartan, losartan) are used among bodybuilders because they can lower erythrocytosis and can remodel the heart (left ventricular hypertrophy or LVH).
If you consult a cardiologist, you will probably be told to wear a 24-hour Holter to monitor your blood pressure throughout the day.
Check your blood pressure on a daily basis first thing in the morning.