I'm a 23 male. About 8 months ago I took bodybuilding supplements such as no explode and ephedrine (which had yohimbe ephedrine caffeine and green tea in it). They weren't taken together, but at various cycles. In August I developed heart palpitations and chest pain. I saw a cardiologist and had a number of tests done (did not mention I took ephedrine before (roughly 25 mg 3x per day for two three week cycles, the recommended dosage and I only did two cycles) I was embarassed since my family was with me, but did mention no xplode). Had EKG done, stress echo cardiograms, and blood work. The doctor said my heart looked very healthy and was actually hyperdynamic, meaning it was able to pump quickly and everything was receiving blood well. During my ER visit I had blood pressure readings of roughly 150 over 50. I do not get these palpitations anymore, but I do have a slight palpitation throughout my stomach chest neck and sometimes head (my bp now is 120/80). I have ringing in my right ear, by the way. I'm not sure if it should be of concern. Whenever I drink caffeine now my bp goes high systolic low diastolic and I get palpitations. I took some gingko biloba tonight (which I know is a vaso dilator, but should lower your bp) because I have ringing in my ear and thought it might help and got the high syst. low diast. bp again with palpitations.
Does this sound like stiff arteries, a hypertrophied heart, or a blocked artery? I have low cholesterol and a low bodyfat %.
Does this sound like some sort of blood vessel disorder?
I am worried because I read a high pulse pressure (difference between syst. and diast.) can cause aging of the brain, heart and kidneys
Can I reverse this? (I'm never touching any lifting supplements again)
How long do you think it might take if I can? I do have some exercise intolerances now, but I seem to slowly be getting better.
Should I go back to see a cardiologist or another doctor? I saw the cardiologist in the hospital and didn't get a chance to discuss everything very well.
I was thinking maybe I can take the stress off my body by dropping 25 pounds (I'm 165 now) through diet and exercises such as yoga (light exercise doesn't bother me, usually not even push ups, but heavy exercise seems to). I was going to add some omega 3 to my diet as well.
I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions to help my problem; this is really affecting my life. I would prefer not to go on bp medications since I am so young and don't want to screw up my health anymore than it already is.