|Treating blood clots depends on whether the clot has formed in a vein or an artery. The size of the clot, location, and the personís general health are also taken into consideration. If a clot develops in an artery and results in a stroke or heart attack, thrombolytic medications may be administered intravenously to dissolve the blood clot.
If a blood clot forms in a vein, it could travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. A combination of heat, painkillers, anti-clotting drugs, elevation and bandaging of the affected area are commonly used to treat venous thrombosis. In severe episodes, surgery may be performed to remove the blood clot before it travels to the lungs.