International Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day

26 January 2017        

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Kawasaki Disease is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in the western world. It can leave a legacy of permanent damage to coronary arteries, causing dilations and aneurysms with a risk of sudden death at a young age. When diagnosed and treated early, children have much greater chances of recovery from Kawasaki Disease.

On International Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day, Societi, the UK Foundation for Kawasaki Disease, is jointly running a social media campaign with Kawasaki Disease Canada to #ShowUsYourHeart and #THINK_Kawasakidisease.

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, said: “Kawasaki Disease is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in the western world. It can leave a legacy of permanent damage, which can be prevented through higher levels of awareness, early diagnosis and timely treatment.

“Low levels of awareness about Kawasaki Disease across the UK mean more and more children each year are affected and have long term heart problems. We know that with increased awareness and early diagnosis, we can reduce the chances of lifelong heart damage in children. I hope International Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day on the 26th January is our first step in heightening awareness about this dangerous condition.”

Professor Robert Tulloh, the UK’s leading paediatric cardiologist in Kawasaki Disease and Board Member of Societi said: “Raising awareness is critical. We need to act now to reduce the rapidly growing health burden of this disease for so many children and young people. With its rising incidence, more children each year are affected by Kawasaki Disease and many have long term heart problems, which could be prevented now.”