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What causes rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, joint pain and fatigue?

I am 67 years old, male, average height and weight. For the past several years I occasionally experience a rapid heart rate, 120+, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, occasionally joint pain, and fatigue that makes it difficult to walk up a single flight of stairs. It lasts for between 4 hours to 12 hours. During this time I lack strength, and generally feel as though I have the flu. I feel nauseous but never feel that I am about to vomit. I have had a stress test, by my doctor, but no obvious blockage. He wanted me to have a blood test, but I have significant anxiety about needles, not the pain associated with drawing blood, but the thought of needles. Aside from blood work, where else would I be looking?
Tue, 3 Oct 2017
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Your symptoms are indicative of cardiac problems, you have to go through lipid profile
Do check your BP regularly
If BP is normal try aspirin 75mg
If it improves then surely you have cardiac problem
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What causes rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, joint pain and fatigue?

Your symptoms are indicative of cardiac problems, you have to go through lipid profile Do check your BP regularly If BP is normal try aspirin 75mg If it improves then surely you have cardiac problem