Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has started a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Clinic, to help patients afflicted with this serious medical issue.

The American Vascular Association describes DVT as a condition occurring when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. DVT can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms.

“Patients who come through the ER for DVT need follow-up treatment,” said PMC Vascular/Endovascular Surgeon Nancy Clark, MD. “Having a dedicated time for our DVT patients to come in and receive care is more convenient for them and for us as providers.”

DVT can be very serious because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow. This is called a pulmonary embolism.

Early warning signs for DVT include: pain, swelling, warmth, redness, bluish or whitish skin discoloration, leg pain that worsens when bending the foot and leg cramps, often starting in the calf.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call 606-218-2212 to make an appointment on Wednesdays from 8-11am at the DVT Clinic on the 2nd floor of the PMC Clinic Building.