American Heart Association

Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hugh Ham was just 1 year old when he developed a rash and fever. Doctors thought he had strep throat.

Ten days later, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare heart disease in young children that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. It […]

A California girl with dreams of the Big Apple

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Paige Garnica recently finished her freshman year of college in New York City. It’s an experience the California teen never thought she’d have.

She grew up with three aneurysms, including a giant one in her left coronary artery — the consequence of Kawasaki disease, a diagnosis […]

Kawasaki disease survivor meets Dr. Kawasaki

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michael LaBelle recently met the man who discovered the disease he was diagnosed with as a toddler.

Japanese pediatrician Tomisaku Kawasaki, now 90, first described the mysterious disease in 1967, calling it GOK, for “God only knows.” It is known today as Kawasaki disease.

“Not many people […]