I had a pacemaker put in two wks ago. When I went back for my check up, Doctor said either a scar tissue was growing over the wire or the pacemaker was defective. He gave me methylprednisolone and had me make an appointment for 2 wks out. What if any results can this drug provide.
The only thing I can think of is that he is wondering if inflammation is affecting the pacer. Methylprednisolone helps with inflammation. It is a glucocorticoid steroid. It can also be given for immunosupression. This is a good question to ask your Dr. He should be able to provide you an answer. If you have questions you can always call the office and let them know you have a question for the Dr and ask that he call you back to explain.
OT... as Dzoo stated, methylprednislone is a steroid and will decease the inflammation around the pacer wires... which is very important. If scar tissue forms around the pacer wires it can irritate the wires and thus can cause an irritable heart which can cause arrythmias which some arrythmias can be life threatening.
Scar tissue can also dislodge the wires, thus causing the pacemaker to be dysfunctional which, I am sure you do not want.
So... The methylprednislone will hopefully prevent these things from happening. Good luck and let me know how you continue to do?
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