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Outside of mucus buildup, what are other problems people with cystic fibrosis face.

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  • People with cystic fibrosis lose large amounts of salt when they sweat. This can cause an unhealthy imbalance of minerals in your body. It can lead to: Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heat stroke
  • Death in rare cases

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Lung Association: "Cystic Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Lung Association: "Cystic Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed?" 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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