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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Heart and Vascular Diseases
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: How the Heart Works 
MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Heart disease
MedlinePlus Health Topics: Heart Diseases – Prevention
American Academy of Family Physicians: Heart Disorders & Disease
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Heart Disease
HeartHealthyWomen.org: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Failure 
American Heart Association
 Commentary on the 2009 Canadian Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dyslipidemia and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults (Clinical Chemistry, May 2010)

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Boudi, F.B. (Updated 2011 March 29). Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease. Medscape Reference [On-line information]. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/164163-overview#showall through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed April 2011.

Roberts, W. (Updated 2011 February). Cardiovascular Disease (Traditional Risk Markers) - Risk Markers - CVD (Traditional). ARUP Consult [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.arupconsult.com/Topics/CVDRiskMarkerTrad.html through http://www.arupconsult.com. Accessed April 2011.

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Mayo Clinic Staff (2011 January 12). Heart Disease. MayoClinic.com [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120/METHOD=print through http://www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed April 2011.

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(2003 October 2, Updated). Facts About Coronary Heart Disease. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/other/chdfacts2.htm through http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

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