Dr. Felipe Martínez
President of Argentine Federation of Cardiology
Prof. of Medicine - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

Dr. Domingo Pozzer
President of Scientific Committee
3rd International Congress of Cardiology on the Internet
Director - Corrientes Cardiology Institute, Corrientes, Argentina

Dr. Armando Pacher
President of Technical-Steering Committee
Prof. of Pathophysiology - Bioengineering
Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, Paraná, Argentina



Dr. Felipe Martínez

For many years, the Argentine Federation of Cardiology - FAC has promoted computer development. This has been facilitated by the creation of CETIFAC (Teleinformatics Center of the FAC, by its acronym in Spanish), which being located in the Bioengineering School of Parana, and brilliantly led by Dr. Armando Pacher, has developed a wide range of intra and extra-institutional services and products.

Probably one of its major achievements is Virtual Congresses, the first ones of this kind in our specialty in the world.

Now, we are beginning the third edition of such Congress, which will surely be as successful as its predecessors, and will enable our institution and cardiovascular science to expand in our Country and many others.

This Third Virtual Congress also has the particular characteristic of being organized by a certain region: the NEA (North-East of Argentina), which working together under the efficient and outstanding leadership of Dr. Domingo Pozzer, has managed to add the goodwill of many individuals in a way rarely seen before.

The thousands of registrations already received from our Country, and from more than one hundred foreign countries foretell a prolific and successful scientific exchange.

On behalf of the FAC's Executive Board, I want to welcome all of you and invite those you to participate actively in this Congress we are pleased to launch today.


Dr. Domingo Pozzer

Finally, the moment that we have been waiting for has arrived. It is the end of a long process. Three cardiology societies of the Northeast of Argentina (NEA) have participated in this event; Corrientes, Chaco and Misiones.

A large group of coworkers had been working very hard since the very first moment that Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC) chose us for this congress. It was Doctor Nestor Vita, the FAC President, who personally offered us the opportunity to work for this important meeting. We have received collaboration and support from the current Executive Board represented by Doctor Felipe Martinez, to whom we are deeply grateful.

There is no doubt that working together with three other Federal Societies, designating working areas among the participating provinces and defeating logical difficulties represented an additional challenge; to which we have been faced. Though, feeling confident that a real Federal spirit, this "Society of Societies" was leading our steps and inspired our dearest FAC performance.

The organization of a congress represents a challenge which means a lot of work, commitment and effort in order to satisfy high-quality standards and reaching a high-scientific level as well.

The fact that this congress is, actually in the Web with a history of two previous successful and highly qualified ones urged us to satisfy a new objective which at first seemed to be far of our reach.

However, thanks to the collaboration of the participating societies and their willing attitude; duty and hard work have turned in to the pleasure of coordinating activities and work. We hope to have satisfied all your expectations.

No doubt, the submitted material, lectures and research paperwork showed the high standard of our guests, all of whom have generously satisfied our expectations.

We hope that all this information will be useful for all caregivers, which is our first and most important aim.

For the Cardiology Societies of this region, this task represents a huge responsibility. Future success or failure will determine the fate of future events; thus of new members to come.

We eagerly hope to show a good standard, as well as to satisfy scientists expectation because we are giving the best of ourselves.

Subscribers participation and scientific debate through the NET will be the best tool in order to assess present and future impact of this virtual congress .

In the area abstracts, 412 abstracts were submitted, of wich 341 met criteria in to be sent be evaluated and from these 73% were accepted. Also 300 abstracts were incorporated all of witch had been present at the XXII National Congress of Cardiology. Between September 1st and November 30th more than 200 lectures of 20 areas will be published. All the material belonging to the 2nd International Chagas Symposium will be added and in many cases an English version will be available.

My acknowledgment to the scientific committee for their effort. I deeply appreciated the help of closest collegues as Drs. Eduardo Farias, Ignacio Reyes, and Julio Vallejos from Corrientes, Marcico Prieto, Gustavo Bonzon, Guillermo Yaya from Chaco, Osvaldo Amerio, Omar Lindstrom and Julio Danovich from Misiones.

I deeply thank Dr. Armando Pacher and all his co-workers of CETIFAC due their extraordinary collaboration and thank to enormous experience in previous International Virtual Congresses have helped and have guided our steps making this event a reality. I want to thank to the government of the three provinces and to the participating enterprises since both send funds for this event. Without them this congress would have been an impossible task.


Dr. Armando Pacher

This third version of the congress through the Internet has kept the philosophy of the first and the second ones: to be feasible for most people interested in participating. To meet this objective, its contents are available from common communications, with no need of having special programs or powerful computers. Likewise, those who still don't have direct access to the Web may obtain the contents of lectures, presentations and brief communications through e-mail.

The 215 lectures and 548 brief communications received, will be published weekly, and in eleven installments. Each lecture has a window from where participants can send questions and comments to the lecturers and authors in one of the three official languages: Spanish, English or Portuguese; the replies will come through e-mail via one of the eighteen Thematic Forums managed by the Moderators and Coordinators of the Continuing Education Forum of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology - FAC. All messages will be translated, so they will be received either in Spanish or English, or in Portuguese and English.

I want to point out the intense work carried out by the Scientific Committee, made up in an unprecedented and federal way, by three Societies of Cardiology of the Northeastern region of Argentina, who under the direction of Dr. Domingo Pozzer learnt to join to beat distance and geographic dispersion, and to develop an excellent scientific program. Besides, I would like to let it be known that both Committees enjoyed an excellent work environment during the two years of common tasks, in which we exchanged 1,588 e-mail messages.

Thanks to:

my wife and the rest of my family for their patience and understanding;
the permanent support by the FAC and its Executive Boards: the current one and previous one;
to Dr. Roberto Lombardo, my inseparable friend and fellow, for his excellent work;
to the members of the Technical-Steering Committee, with whom through permanent work, we have had the luck to make a group of friends;
to Eliana Bouchet, Mariana Ceballos, Corina Espindola, Maribel Ayala, Lisandro Siviero, Fernando Schapachnik and Carlos Rodríguez, for their excellent technical work;
to the provincial governments, institutions and companies, which contributed economically and thus allowed for this congress to develop;
and finally, and repeating what was said in the First Virtual Congress of Cardiology, to those that "make" the congress: lecturers, speakers, authors of works, and to the, until today, 13,029 participants registered from 120 countries.

I welcome you all with my best wishes.




Updating: 09/01/2003