In 430 B.C. the plague of Athens (possibly typhoid fever) killed a quarter of the population in four years. The plague Antonina from AD 165 - 180 in the same way I affect at least 5 million people. I could not fail to mention the 14th century Black Death that claimed the lives of 20 million people and citing the last and probably one of the most lethal, the Spanish Fever that between 1918 and 1919 imported from Fort Riley, Kansas, United States. to Europe, claimed the lives of between 10 and 17 million people, 10 years ago the Swine Fever / H1N1 by influenza virus type A, affected 11-21% of the world population, leaving behind between 150,000 and 575,000 fatalities.
Why start my words of welcome to this first Virtual Congress of the Inter-American Society of Cardiology (SIAC) with a brief summary of the past, this has a simple explanation, the world is changing and the human being still persists in making many of the mistakes of the past, therefore the impact of new pandemics somehow cause the same results of long ago. If we add to this that Cardiovascular Diseases, at the present time, are the first cause of morbidity and mortality globally, the current pandemic COVID-19 will probably take more victims when associated with this group of patients, these together with social isolation , have made us look to other forms of medical education and, above all, probably to another type of medical practice. SIAC wants and must learn from the past in order to see into the future and participate positively in this change.
The SIAC is aware that it must evolve with the changing world and that it must be present contributing its grain of sand, hand in hand with its 27 Cardiovascular Societies and its more than 33,000 members in the development of scientific educational activities. and prevention, both for physicians of all related specialties and patients, focusing on the short, medium and long term in modifying the future of cardiovascular disease.
Our slogan #SomosElCorazonDeLasAmericas, marks our commitment to our great American homeland, from whom we have freed its borders, great dream of Bolívar, San Martin, Arce and Morazán to name a few, makes us walk for a common good in times of darkness, because that We have faith in our ideals, hope to achieve them, and love for humanity. It is this motivation that, even in the protection of our homes, makes us raise our hearts and our voices thinking of our neighbor more than ourselves.
Thanks to the Scientific and Organizing Committee of this extraordinary event, which will have opinion leaders from our America and the World, which will also be organized in the three official languages of SIAC, thank you because they have dedicated their time to prepare this gift that goes for you with all our heart.
The world is changing, I feel it in the water, I feel it on the ground, I smell it in the air. (J.R.R. Tolkien)
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ned gwilith