I am 42 and was just recently diagnosed with a 6mm Chiari appx 3 weeks ago. I was taken by ambulance from my job due to stroke like symptoms and a bp of 190/121. ER did a CT scan, which was clear. I was admitted for a few days. While there, MRI was done and tons of labs. They found the chiari on the mri. Diagnosed me with TIA and the Chiari. I was diagnosed with hypertension about 5 months previous. This was the 5th episode I've had which landed me in the hospital. The other ones were not as severe, but I did have to go to ER because my head was throbbing so bad I felt like it was going to explode and my bp was extremely high. CT's were done in the past and I was treated for migraines even though I had never had migraines and no family hx. I've been having headaches and these episodes for the last five years. This time the Chiari was found on MRI.( I had never heard of it before) I was referred to a neurosurgeon who was quick to tell me my symptoms were not related to the Chiari and that Chiari does not cause bp problems. I can manage the headaches and stiffness in my neck, my main concern is my blood pressure. Im not able to even go in the grocery store or be on my feet for more than a few minutes and the severe throbbing in my head starts and my bp is through the roof. also heart rate goes up to 110 to 120. I have not been able to work because my job consists of me being on my feet 10 out 12 hours. I went back to my regular doc(who said all of this was related to the chiari before I saw neurosurgeon) and now she's referring me to a cardiologist. Can't see him til October 29! Just wanted to reach out to see if anyone else has had such an experience with Chiari or should I just accept this as cardiac and not related? Should I seek another neurosurgeons opinion?