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Dear Colleague:

Cardiovascular diseases are currently the most frequent cause of premature death and disability in the world with more than 17 million each year. Future projections indicate that this disease will continue to be the leading cause of death in industrialized countries and will become the third in those that are currently developing, with an increase in mortality estimated for 2030 of 23 million people . One of every two of these deaths happens suddenly.

According to expert criteria, sudden cardiovascular death represents one of the main challenges for health systems in the century that passes. This statement is justified, in part, by the high incidence of the phenomenon, to which can be added, the emotional impact of its presentation; which extends to the family and society, as a consequence of the unexpected nature of the event. To the "heartbreaking" of the episode are added the enormous economic losses that are generated by years of useful life that are lost prematurely, in labor-active subjects; and comes to represent the first and only manifestation of cardiovascular disease in up to 40% of cases.

From the need for a comprehensive strategy to face sudden death, under the slogan "Facing Sudden Death: we are all 1" and having as a central axis the multi and interdisciplinary approach of this important challenge, during the days of the November 13 to November 16, 2018 will take place in the Balneario de Varadero, Cuba, the 1st International Symposium and III National Symposium of Sudden Cardiovascular Death. Parallel to this event, the II Ibero-American Convention on Cardiovascular Sudden Death will be held, a space where colleagues from Spain and America will exchange on aspects related to cardiac arrest and sudden death, from the work and experiences of each group in our regions and countries.

As a preamble to these events, on November 12 and 13, 2 International Courses on "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Sudden Death" and "Forensic Pathology" will be held, given by renowned international experts who will accompany us in this scientific meeting and from its many and diverse disciplines will analyze this global health problem, with the conviction that: "Facing Sudden Death: we are all 1".



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