About the Authors

Khalid Ali

Affiliation Academic Department of Geriatrics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, United Kingdom

Anushka Warusevitane

Affiliation Stoke Stroke Research Group, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Frank Lally

Affiliations Stoke Stroke Research Group, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Julius Sim

Affiliation Health Services Research Unit, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Sheila Sills

Affiliation Stoke Stroke Research Group, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Sarah Pountain

Affiliation Stoke Stroke Research Group, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Tracy Nevatte

Affiliation Stoke Stroke Research Group, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Martin Allen

Affiliation Department of Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Christine Roffe

christine.roffe@northstaffs.nhs.uk

Affiliations Stoke Stroke Research Group, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Concieved and designed the experiments: KA MA CR. Performed the experiments: KA AW SS CR. Analyzed the data: FL JS SP TN CR. Wrote the manuscript: FL JS CR.