The BHF supports launch to raise awareness of Kawasaki Disease

26 June 2017        

Category: BHF Comment

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The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is supporting the launch of a new animated video developed by Societi to raise awareness of Kawasaki Disease, a type of acquired heart disease.

Held at Sky's headquarters, the video hopes to make people aware of the symptoms of Kawasaki Disease, the number one cause of acquired heart disease in children in the UK. The video can be found on Societi's website

What is Kawasaki Disease?

Kawasaki Disease is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in the UK but it is little known. Many parents and doctors are unaware of the disease and how serious it can be. Societi's aim, with the help of the BHF, is to make sure children are diagnosed as early as possible to prevent life-long heart damage. Symptoms of Kawasaki Disease include swollen fingers and toes, cracked lips, persistent fever and swollen glands. 

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.”

What did we say?

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, 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 is why awareness and early diagnosis are so important. Persistent fever important in helping to reduce the chance of lifelong heart damage in children."

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