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Can't Donate Blood b/c High Pulse


#1

I tried to donate blood today and can not because my pulse was/is never under 100 bpm. Does anyone know a way around this? I could post what I'm on and why I think I need to donate blood but I am really just looking for a quick answer. Thanks, Nick (KSMAN) - Not my original post, go easy.


#2

Any ideas? Reason:
High Blood Pressure


#3

What are you taking that has your BP and pulse so high ?

Pharmaceutical approach for short term:
Beta Blocker like Bupropion and 25mg xanax.
No caffeine that day.


#4

I didn't know I had High blood pressure until recently. My guess is it was do to Estrogen build up? 150 mg test cyp and 250iu of HCG EoD or third. I have no blood test to confirm. Sp I ordered a Estrogen blocker and have been taking 12.5mg of Aromasin a day. My blood pressure fell over the last week. I have no recent labs and thought it might be contributing. I can tell you it is not to much test for me as my last test was 541 TT on my peak day. I am not sure what it is doing with the Aromasin, but I feel better and would like to still donate. I took 30mg of valium before I went. I have/had SVT my heart just always rest over 100 and that's any time of the day. A waiver or someone besides the red cross?


#5

12.5mg aromasin a day is probably too much for 150mg Test per week.
General rule of thumb is 25mg Aromasin per 100mg test per week.

How long have you been on test ?
Are you donating because of high hematocrit ?
It is possible to have therapeutic phlebotomy to relieve the condition, but
it is done with a prescription from your doc.


#6

I factored the hcg in with the test to come up with 12.5mg. If my joints hurt or libido goes down I will drop it maybe to 10mg. Been on test for 9-12 months I don't remember exactly. I thought of the possibility of high hematocrit and high blood pressure so the attempt was just in case, I am due for labs, if my hematocrit is high I may ask for the therapeutic phlebotomy, is that just to lower the red blood cells?

I have a VA doc and an outside doc. A couple hours after I take the AI my BP seems to fall I don't know how long until Aromasin reaches a steady state, I am hoping that is it but if not I would just like to donate blood and make things less complicated. Thank you for your advice PNKY my normal blood pressure is 115/75. At the red cross it was 170/110. Ill keep trying to donate in the meantime,, maybe take more sedatives. Thanks again, Nick


#7

It can be nerves when you get your BP taken.
I'm always 10 pts higher on both numbers when they take it at a Dr's office.

The other thing is cuff size.
I gave blood 2 days ago, and they used the regular sized cuff and BP came out at
160/110! The tech than used the larger sized cuff and it was 130/90.


#8

I didn't think about the cuff size, she could barely push the thing up my arm? I am going to try again and again until I can make this happen. Thank you for the advice.