Brand new to T-Nation, so I apologize if this isn’t posted in the correct place.
I’m 32 years old and I’ve been on TRT for about 5 years now.
My natural test levels were around 210 when I was in my late 20s. This was no doubt a result from AAS use when I was around 20-22. I had trouble keeping weight on and ran into libido and ED issues so my urologist put me on:
200mg/week of testosterone cypionate
2mg/week of anastrozole
250-500 IUs/EOD of HCG (this has been intermittent over the last 5 years)
I hadn’t taken any other AAS in the last 5 years and my weight has been consistently right around 185 lbs and around 8% body fat.
I’ve had several massive shoulder surgeries in the last year. After not healing up and speaking with a buddy who had similar issues healing I started taking HGH about 6 weeks ago at around 5 IUs/day to speed up the healing process and hopefully combat the negative effects of long-term AAS use on my ligaments and connective tissues.
My resting heart rate had been right around 60 bpm for the last 10 years, I’ve always eaten extremely healthy, stay very lean, sleep well, etc.
I regularly take my blood pressure, heart rate, and run a 12-lead. About a month ago I noticed a very high blood-pressure (160/100) and a sinus arrhythmia I hadn’t had before. My resting HR is somewhere between 90-110 now and on the monitor it’ll drop down to the 70s before spiking back up every few seconds. My 12-lead showed a right-axis deviation and possible right ventricular hypertrophy.
After all of this I stopped the HGH assuming that it was the only change I’ve made, so it must be the reason for the HR and BP increase. After about 10 days off the HGH I’m still seeing the tachycardia and hypertension so I’ve made an appointment with a cardiologist but they’re booked up for a few weeks.
After a lifetime of a healthy lifestyle, diet, sleep, etc. and my biannual physicals have consistently placed me in the top 1% for health, VO2 max, labs, etc. Now I’m seeing sudden changes that appears to be unrelated to the HGH-- could this be the long term testosterone use? I’m concerned the cardiologist will recommend abruptly stopping the TRT, which will be extremely tough physically and mentally.
All bloodwork is done regularly and within range. Even though my hemoglobin was in the normal range I did donate double red blood cells last week to see if that made a difference at all, but no change.
Thanks for any advice or comments!