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    Cause of referred pain in heart attack

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    Mr. Jake was admitted to the hospital with excruciating pain in his left shoulder and arm. He was found to have suffered a heart attack. Explain the phenomenon of referred pain as exhibited by Mr. Jake.

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    The phenomenon of experiencing pain in a different part of the body than the actual source of the pain is called referred pain. In the case of a heart attack the nerves that transmit the pain signal from ...

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    Short answer explaining why pain from a heart attack is often described as chest pain. Web references provided.