GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or Gastric Reflux, Animation.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease – GERD, or gastric reflux disease, is a chronic condition where stomach acid flows back up and damages the mucosa of the food pipe – the esophagus. At the junction between the esophagus and the stomach is the lower esophageal sphincter – the LES. The LES is a ring of muscle that…

Aortic Valve Disease, Animation

the aortic valve serves to ensure one-way flow of oxygen-rich blood from the left ventricle to the aorta and to the body it opens when the left ventricle contracts and pumps blood and closes when the ventricles refill to prevent blood from flowing back to the left ventricle the aortic valve consists of three leaflets…

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Pathology and Genetics, Animation.

Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, is a very common neurodegenerative disorder in which brain cells are progressively damaged and die, leading to loss of memory, thinking skills and eventually all other brain functions. A brain consists of billions of neurons, or nerve cells, which communicate via chemical messages, or neurotransmitters. This communication occurs in a space…

Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn, Animation

Hemolytic disease of the newborn, HDN, is a condition in which red blood cells of a newborn infant, or a perinatal fetus, are destroyed prematurely, resulting in anemia. HDN occurs when the blood types of the mother and baby are incompatible. A blood type refers to the presence or absence of a certain antigen, on…

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Animation.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a PROGRESSIVE inflammatory lung disease characterized by INCREASING breathing difficulty. Other symptoms include cough, most commonly with mucus, chest tightness and wheezing. COPD develops as a result of LONG-TERM exposure to irritants such as smoke, chemical fumes or dusts, and may go UNNOTICED for years. Most people show…

Boot Camp Conditioning at LA Fitness

[Music starts up] Boot Camp offers such a variety of different things that we can do. There’s different stations that have different types of exercises. [music continues] There’s a quick pace in Boot Camp. Every station has just a limited amount of time. Not only are you being challenged to think about the exercise that…

LA Fitness Racquetball – A League For Everyone

Walking on that court, is, “Alright, this is my sanctuary. Let’s play,” [Music Playing] I’ve found nothing is as explosive as racquetball. It’s a way to keep my mind going all the time. The one-on-one kind of battle. Everybody can play. It’s not boring. Racquetball exhausts your body. It’s “stop”, “go”, your heart rate is…

Mat Pilates at LA Fitness

[soft music starts up] Pilates at LA Fitness focuses on the core. Its focus is on our balance and how we are able to function every day from just going to the office to work or competing in a triathlon. Many of my members classify Pilates as an hour-long ab crunch. You really focus, and…

Aqua Fit Exercise Class at LA Fitness

[tranquil music plays] The first time I took a water aerobics class was in Anchorage, Alaska, about ten, fifteen years ago, and my instructor was in her mid-seventies at that time. But she still had a lot of muscle definition in her shoulders and arms and legs. And I thought, “If water aerobics can do…