Dear Colleagues and friends,

We have all heard the news from Barcelona about this horrible attack.  There are no words to repudiate enough this act of cowardice against the community of our beloved town of Barcelona.

The International Society of Electrocardiology sends our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. We are praying for the full recovery of those hurt during the attack. We also stand up for the people of Barcelona, and we invite all our community to attend the European Society of Cardiology next week. We will show our respect to the victims and our solidarity with the amazing Catalan people.

We are not afraid.

This miserable attack will help us to be stronger, to support together our principles of freedom, diversity, and tolerance. This small fraction of atrocious people will not alter our plans as a community.

Cataluña has given us amazing individuals, insuperable cardiologists who have transformed Medicine into a better science: Valentin Fuster, the Brugada Brothers, Antoni Bayes de Luna, and so many other brilliant colleagues that the list could quickly fill up this page. Let’s visit them in their own town next week to celebrate our conviction to a better and healthier world.

Barcelona, the ISE is with you.

Adrian Baranchuk MD FACC FRCPC FCCS
President, International Society of Electrocardiology