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Electronic publication of the First Virtual Congress of Cardiology,
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Number 20

Year 2, Number 20. March 31th.  2000.
Issue dedicated to FVCC end.

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"Eradication of smoking is the most effective means to improve the health
in the population of both developed and developing countries."

>From this column, we propose the FVCC to be free of tobacco smoke.

Colleague: if you are still a smoker, we will thank you if you abstain
from it while you participate in the activities of our Congress, and we
invite you to get in touch with us, so that your attempts tostop turn out
to be successful.



Colleague: spread among your peers the existence of this Forum on
Continual Education of the First Virtual Congress of Cardiology.



Closing Ceremony

Prof. Dr. Armando Pacher

Prof. Dr. Emilio Kuschnir

Dr. Eduardo Escudero

Dr. Nestor Vita

Dr. Bartolome Finizola Celli

Ing. Agustin Carpio

Prizes to the best works presented during the FVCC



Dear friends,
The 1st Virtual Congress of Cardiology has completed its development.
It received auspices from 15 Universities, 58 Scientific Societies, and 16
Foundations, and its scientific sessions had 7,568 participants from 95

The activities proposed were adapted to adjust them to the economical
resources obtained:
Independently from the format of the material received, a total of 173
lectures and athenaeums, and 419 approved Brief Communications were edited
and published in their original language (Spanish, English, and/or
Portuguese). This material is available 24 hours a day on the Web, and
by e-mail through FTPMail.
Through mailing lists, 16 moderated and bilingual (Spanish-English, or
Portuguese-English) thematic forums were implemented, as well as 8 forums
for working. The questions and answers relevant to each activity were
edited and published on the Web.
A system for self-evaluation was implemented, with questions about the
lectures, and with credits for recertification by the Argentine Federation
of Cardiology.
Chats were carried out in Spanish.
From each one of the versions (Spanish and English) of the Newsletter
of the FVCC, its 20 issues were published.
A Public Area was available in Spanish for everyone, with medical and
cultural information, and entertainment for professionals and general
The bi-directional, on line union between the cardiovascular area of
the 6th Internet World Congress for Biomedical Sciences (INABIS 2000) and
the whole FVCC was fulfilled.
A CD will be edited and distributed between the participants, with the
complete contents of the FVCC.

The Argentine Federation of Cardiology, continuing with its use of
teleinformatics that began in 1986, and was manifested in 1994 in its
Teleinformatics Center (CETIFAC), has decided that the human and technical
resources developed in the FVCC should be turned to the Forum of Continual
Education on Cardiology, and in the preparations for the 2nd Virtual
Congress of Cardiology, that will be carried out from September to November
I apologize for the mistakes that undoubtedly we made, the experience
gathered has been lengthy, and it will help us to minimize the former in
the future. I wish to thank especially the Executive Board of the FAC, and
the Members of the Steering and Scientific Committees, the lecturers,
authors, and participants, secretaries and technical staff, and all the
people, institutions, and companies that in one way or another made the
FVCC possible.
Warmest regards

Prof. Dr. Armando Pacher
President Steering Commitee



Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We have reached the last day of the First Virtual Congress of Cardiology.
For six months, more than 7,500 professionals and technicians in Medicine
related to Cardiology, as well as general public, have been able to learn,
get updated information, share experiences and opinions, present and
discuss scientific works, and even fraternize and establish bonds of
friendship that will remain for ever. Lectures, Symposia, Mailing Lists,
Courses, Chat sessions on line among others, have been the tools that made
possible interaction of participants from 95 countries from every
continent. More than 150 internationally renowned speakers have contributed
with their valuable presentations in this unprecedented fashion of
transmitting updated knowledge. There were near 600 Brief Communications
received, from which 419 were accepted, which are an exact expression of
the interest that the Congress has awaken in the groups of research from
all over the world.
The Steering Committee, under the direction of Dr. Armando Pacher, has
carried out a hard but equally distinguished work of coordination and
unification, achieving an excellent final product out of the material
received and presented through the Internet, thus constituting the FVCC as
a pioneer experience.
But this end is as Virtual as the Congress itself. All the experience
gathered, and all the relationships established will continue to bear
fruit. The Argentine Federation of Cardiology, organizer of the Congress,
has reached thus a goal that brings honor to it: to have contributed
modestly to the application of new technologies for world cardiac
community's improvement, in benefit of the health and the quality of life
of our patients.
Dear Friends, we hope that the First Virtual Congress of Cardiology has
been interesting for you, and we have no doubts that this farewell is no
more than a Till Tomorrow!, when the Permanent Forum on Education on
Cardiology will make possible that the tools created will go on being
available for those interested in using them.

Prof. Dr. Emilio Kuschnir
President, Scientific Committee



The First Virtual Congress of Cardiology, gestated in the Committee of
Informatics of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, presided by Dr.
Armando Pacher, is coming to an end.
This first experience has turned out to be of great value for our
Institution. Partly because this is an utterly innovative experience,
partly because somehow it allowed to increase the international presence of
the Federation, and partly because it leaves in the hands of the
Institution a powerful tool that will have to be employed in pursuit of its
The only thing left for me to say, is to thank from this Executive Board,
and on behalf of the Federation, those who with devotion, capacity, and
sacrifice have worked to achieve these goals; those who with disinterested
participation provided a scientific framework for the activities, and the
receivers of this effort that were the final reason for this enterprise.

Dr. Eduardo Escudero
President of The Argentine Federation of Cardiology



Peoples sharpen they creativity when faced with needs, and when they find
difficulties. The FAC (Federacion Argentina de Cardiologia - Argentine
Federation of Cardiology) having to cover the whole territory of our
country, had a problem unsolved for many years. Maybe because of this back
in 1986, the future of informatics was perceived.
That would be the tool used by the FAC to cover its lack of real
communication between the different societies. Since the humble beginning,
along time we have arrived to nowadays, when we are about to finish a
Virtual Congress with almost 8,000 registrations, and several dozens of
The current Board, just as the future one that I am representing, have
understood that informatics will provide support to the FAC in a way that
it lacked before.
The road we have chosen cannot be altered, on the contrary it will be
strengthened every moment; we are already planning the Second Virtual
Congress for next year, just as multiple activities along the same path.
It is my intention that informatics democratize even more the FAC, so that
any member, in any part of the country, may get in touch with his/her
Board, fostering an enriching dialogue; that the Presidents of Societies
may communicate among each other and coordinate their activities; that
consultation and teaching should be carried out through the Committees, and
much more. As I have said, we saw a road, we started along it, we tread
faster and faster; nothing will stop us. The future belongs to us.
Thank you very much.

Dr. Nestor Vita
Elect President of The Argentine Federation of Cardiology



The good reception to the 1st Virtual Congress of Cardiology, is a mirror
of the success reached.
The near 7000 registrations from 94 countries, is a resonant figure that
guarantees individual receptiveness and a high level of participation.
The support from 15 Universities, 58 Scientific Societies, and 16
Foundations is a sample of the institutional backing provided to this
It is the first activity in regard to cardiology on the Internet, in which
brief communications are presented, discussions are made, one can
participate in the three languages spoken in the American Continent
(Spanish, English, and Portuguese), and it is possible to interact
For the Inter-American Heart Foundation, this important congress
constitutes a new mechanism that makes scientific information
dissemination easier, in a wide and economical way, and likewise, it
encourages and strengthens the organizational and individual net in the
American Continent, which contributes to the development of programs for
Prevention and Control of Cardiovascular Diseases.

Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases, due to high morbidity and
mortality, require for their control, the participation of the whole Health
team, and Community in general, as well as use of means of communication
that allow knowledge to reach everyone so that benefits can be universal.
This 1st Virtual Congress met expectations, and must encourage us to
organize similar events in the future.

Bartolome Finizola Celli.
President of the Inter-American Heart Foundation



I would like to express my deepest satisfaction by which I am overcome, as
Dean of Bioengineering, at the Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios (National
University of Entre Rios), while I greet the 7,500 participants of the
First Virtual Congress of Cardiology that have made possible communication
among the 95 countries that they represented. These figures do ratify that
all the effort placed in this enterprise was undoubtedly worthwhile!
It is true that there were obstacles, and that there is always resistance
to change, however persistence in the work, and trust in participation tell
us today, that we are not mistaken. These results encourage us to continue
in this direction, and for this particular reason, I would also like to
support and summon you to participate in the Forum on Continual Education
on Cardiology, that will surely constitute the proper environment to
strengthen professional updating and education in the specialty.
And of course, I have to be sure to invite you to take part with the same
enthusiasm in the 2nd Virtual Congress of Cardiology, from September to
November 2001, that will surely find us taking advantage of the rich
experience that we have earned along these months in this meeting of
scientific and human value.
Thank you very much.

Ing. Agustin Carpio
Dean of Bioengineering, at the Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios (National
University of Entre Rios)



Prize to the Best Scientific Work - Argentine Federation of
Cardiology-Deutsche Bank Prize:

Prognostic stratification of patients with congestive heart failure by
cardiopulmonary exercise testing
Sellier P.; Iliou M.C.; Prunier L.; Verdier J.C.; Charon O; Corona P.
Hopital Broussais, Paris, France.


Prize to the Best Scientific Work in Basic Research:

Inhibition of agonist-induced rises in internal calcium in human
endothelial cells by Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) and rolipram.
Campos-Toimil Manuel; Lugnier Claire; Takeda Kenneth
Pharmacologie et Physico-Chimie des Interactions Moleculaires et
Cellulaires CNRS, UMR 65349.
Université Louis Pasteur. Strasbourg, France


Prize to the Best Scientific Work in Clinical Research:

3D Dynamics Echocardiography. Workstation for the Acquisition,
Reconstruction and Visualization of 4D Images of the Heart.
Torrealba Victor; Acuna Manuel; Hernandez Lilia.
Centro de Procesamiento de Imagenes. Facultad de Ingenieria. Facultad de
Ciencias de la Salud.
Universidad de Carabobo. Valencia. Venezuela.


Prize to the Best Scientific Work in Epidemiology and Cardiovascular
Prevention - InterAmerican Heart Foundation Prize:

The Global Project of Cienfuegos. Ten Years after
Espinosa Brito Alfredo D.; Ordúñez García Pedro O.; Alvarez Li Frank C.;
Diez Martinez de la Cotera Emiliano; Armas Aguila Yamila; Espinosa Roca
Alfredo A; Vazquez Falcon Luis E; Marrero Perez Raul V.
Hospital Universitario "Dr. Gustavo Aldereguia Lima". Cienfuegos, Cuba


Prize to the Best Scientific Work performed at an Iberoamerican

Radionuclide angiography after nisoldipine to detect myocardial viability
Peix Amalia; Llerena Lorenzo; López Adlin; Ponce Felizardo; Garcia-Barreto
Instituto de Cardiologia, La Habana, Cuba


Prize to the Best Scientific Work performed by Physicians in Training:

Atrial Septal Aneurysm: A Study in Five Hundred Adult Patients
Olivares-Reyes Alexander; Al-Kamme Ahmad; Gonzalez Javier
Cardiology Department. The Brooklyn Hospital. Brooklyn, New York, USA


The Deutsche Bank ( supports the
Newsletter of the
First Virtual Congress of Cardiology.


Editor: Alfredo Piombo, M.D. (Argentina)
Chief of the Coronary Care Unit. Cosme Argerich Hospital,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Associate Editors:
Claudio Gimpelewicz, M.D. (Argentina)
Dante Manyari, M.D. (Canada)
Carlos Basualdo, M.D. (Canada)

Edgardo Schapachnik, M.D.
Vicepresident of the FVCC Steering Committee

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