Dr. Wilber Su knew Tim Berry was in bad shape the first time he saw him at Banner — University Medical Center Phoenix. Atrial fibrillation is a progressive disease, and Tim was already experiencing recurring episodes. Tim was also much younger than most of Dr. Su’s AFib patients and had experienced a heart attack almost a decade earlier. “Patients like Tim often don’t show up until they are in real trouble,” said Dr. Su, Banner’s director of cardiac electrophysiology. “All the data points to the fact that earlier interventions lead to better outcomes. And that’s what I want for Tim and all my patients.” Tim was initially prescribed antiarrhythmic medication to help control his AFib, but he hated the way the drugs made him feel. Dr. Su proposed a treatment option to fit Tim’s active lifestyle — cryoablation, a minimally invasive procedure using the Arctic Front™ family of cardiac cryoablation catheters.
Most days you can find Tim delivering meals to local shelters with other volunteers for the nonprofit he founded, Hope for the Homeless. The group provides about 1,500 “hope” bags each month to the unhoused, containing first aid kits, personal hygiene items, clothing, snacks, and more. Volunteering, Tim says, is his way of repaying everyone who helped him on his journey to good health. “I reflect daily on the multitude of miracles that have led to me to today, and my procedure is at the top of the list. With my life like it is today, I know that I have a responsibility to try to make other people’s lives better, too.”