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Klinedinst Elected as International Fellow of American Heart Association

November 12, 2015

Assistant professor recognized for contributions to cardiovascular and stroke nursing and health.

Baltimore, Md. –N. Jennifer Klinedinst, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, was inducted as an international fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) during the annual Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Awards dinner held in Orlando, Nov. 10.  Klinedinst, a member of CVSN, and other fellows, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to cardiovascular and stroke nursing and health, and volunteer leadership and service to AHA and/or the American Stroke Association. 

Kliendinst has worked tirelessly to engage at-risk, older adults about long-term, heart-healthy behaviors, including physical activity, improved diet, and adherence to lipid-lowering medications that decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Her research has focused on the recognition and treatment of post-stroke depressive symptoms. Klinedinst has examined the importance of assessing and discussing post-stroke depressive symptoms with both stroke survivors and their families, as families and stroke survivors are not always congruent in their assessment and interpretation of the depressive symptoms.

“It is an honor to be elected as a fellow,  as I am committed to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” Klinedinst said. “I'm grateful that my work is being recognized, and I am looking forward to continuing to move the science forward by exploring  ways to reduce post-stroke depression and serving with my dedicated stroke nursing colleagues at AHA.”

CVSN seeks to accelerate the discovery, translation and application of knowledge to promote and improve overall cardiovascular health. Its efforts focus on contributing nursing’s biopsychosocial expertise to AHA’s global agenda to promote ideal cardiovascular health, quality of life, and heart-healthy lifestyles and environments.

“Dr. Klinedinst is a well-respected cardiovascular researcher, educator, and clinician who has made a major impact on cardiovascular nursing practice and in the classroom. We are very fortunate to have her on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing,” said Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing. “It is wonderful to see Dr. Klinedinst being recognized by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing for her many years of service and contributions to improved cardiovascular health.” 

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