Blood Pressure Van hits the road

The Stroke Foundation's Big Blood Pressure Van has been launched and is ready to hit the road.

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Mark Vivian speaks at the van launch.

The van, which carries two blood pressure testing stations, will visit communities all over the country in the next year.

It was launched at the Bob Scott Retirement Village in Petone - village owners Ryman Healthcare are sponsors of the project.

"We really appreciate Ryman's generosity and support," Stroke Foundation CEO Mark Vivian said at the launch.

"In particular we really appreciate that they've signalled it's not just a matter of handing over a cheque for them, they want to be involved in the project all the way."

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield was the guest of honour at the launch, and Ryman spokesperson David King was also present to speak of the company's pleasure in being involved.

Earlier, the van had featured in a live segment on TVNZ's Breakfast programme.

The van will be a vital tool in detecting high blood pressure, which is the number one cause of stroke.

More information about the van can be found here, and more information about blood pressure here.

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