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What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body,

The disorder the cells the produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery, but people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes, the secretions to become sticky and thick. instead of acting like a lubricant the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways in the lungs and pancreas.

This disorder requires daily care, most patients can attend school, work and have a better quality of life than they would have decades ago.

Screening newborns for cystic fibrosis is now performed in every state in the United States.

People with cystic fibrosis have a higher than normal level of salt in their sweat, Adult diagnosed with cystic fibrosis are more likely to have atypical symptoms such as recurring bouts of inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis) infertility and recurring pneumonia.

Some symptoms are a persistent cough that produces this mucus, Wheezing, Breathlessness, Exercise intolerance, repeated lung infections, inflamed nasal passages or a stuffy nose.

Digestive symptoms are foul-smelling greasy stools, Poor weight gain and growth, intestinal blockage, severe constipation.

Cause is heredity, most likely Northern European Ancestry.

Complications of this disorder, Damaged airways, chronic infections, growths of polyps in the nose, coughing up blood, pneumothorax, respitory failure, acute exacerbations, Nutritional deficiencies, Diabetes, Blocked bile duct, intestinal obstruction, Distal intestinal obstruction syndrome , Osteopororis, electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.

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Symtoms of COPD!!!!!

Patty Loveless on How to Recognize Symptoms of COPD
Shortness of Breath? Persistent Cough? Learn the Signs of Lung Disease
By Linda Childers, Special to Lifescript

Country singer Patty Loveless
(Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)

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ountry music star Patty Loveless has lost two family members to lung disease. She tells Lifescript all about her fight against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – on the rise in U.S. women – and her own health scares…
Patty Loveless, took center stage as one of country music’s leading ladies in the late ’80s and ’90s. Back then, the award-winning singer churned out hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five Number 1’s.

These days, the Grand Ole Opry member, 60, is singing a different tune.

More than 15 million people in the U.S. have COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Millions more go undiagnosed, mainly because they don’t know the risk factors (smoking and toxin exposure are most common) or don’t recognize symptoms: shortness of breath, persistent cough and lots of mucus.

More than 12 million people in the U.S. have COPD. Another 12 million go undiagnosed, mainly because they don’t know the risk factors (smoking and toxin exposure are most common) or don’t recognize symptoms: shortness of breath, persistent cough and lots of mucous.
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