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Children with Kawasaki disease need long-term surveillance for heart disease


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ACR 2020
Reuters Health - 11/11/2020 - Children with Kawasaki disease remain at an increased risk for heart problems more than 10 years after they leave the hospital, according to a new study. "The results justify additional follow up and surveillance for cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, in Kawasaki disease survivors," Dr. Cal Robinson of The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, in Canada, said at a November 7 press briefing at ACR Convergence, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. The risk of long-term cardiovascular events after a childhood KD diagnosis remains unclear, he noted. Using health administrative databases, Dr. Robinson and colleagues identified nearly 4,600 children with a KD diagnosis in Ontario between 1995 and 2018. They matched each one of these cases to 100 children in Ontario without a KD diagnosis. Parti...


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