About the Authors

Dermot Phelan, Ramon Martos, Anil Patle, Mark Ledwidge, Ken McDonald
Heart Failure Unit, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland

Dermot Phelan, Chris Watson, Ramon Martos, Seamas Donnelly, John Baugh, Ken McDonald
School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Corresponding Author


Competing Interests

This research was in part funded by a research bursary allocated by the Irish Heart Foundation which was funded by Pfizer. Pfizer had no input into the allocation of the bursary. The research was preformed completely independently of Pfizer. Pfizer had no input into the design or execution of the study or in the data analysis or manuscript preparation. No additional external funding was received for this study. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials. There are no other relevant declarations relating to employment, consultancy, patents and products in development or marketed products.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DP CW RM SD ML JB KMD. Performed the experiments: DP RM CW PC AP. Analyzed the data: DP CW PC JB ML KMD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KMD. Wrote the paper: DP CW JB KMD.