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SIMED Health Series Presents "Arthritis From A to Z" with Mark Lloyd, MD
September 2, 2014
Mark Lloyd Health Series

To RSVP for this event please call us at (352) 224-2200 or
email us!

Beat the Heat!
August 29, 2014
Living in Florida means we are no strangers to hot and muggy days especially in the summer months, but as the temperature climbs so does our risk of heat illness. SIMED Primary Care's Erick Svestka, M.D. looks into what ways we can manage "Exertional Heat Illness" and reduce our risk during the growling dog days of summer. SIMED Primary Care | Eric Svestka, MD

Exertional Heat Illness is a continuum, from irritating muscles cramps to life-threatening heat stroke.  The American College of Sports Medicine has guidelines to help recognize who is at the greatest risk and what we can do to prevent falling victim to the heat.
Some factors that increase your odds of being affected include:
  • Being active outdoors on warm, humid days
  • Poor physical fitness
  • Dehydration
  • Being over weight
  • Certain medications
The way to stay out of trouble with the heat is to plan ahead and follow these simple rules:
  • Gradually increase the duration of time spent in the heat and the intensity of the work you are doing.  It takes about two weeks for your body to adapt.
  • Hydrate before going out into the heat and keep hydrating through out your activity.
  • When possible try to plan your outdoor activities when temperatures are at their coolest, early mornings are best.
  • Wear clothes that are designed to help keep your body cool.
  • If you are beginning to feel exhausted or lightheaded while you are outside STOP what you are doing.  Go inside, or get to a shaded area, and cool off with a cold water or sports drink. 
When beginning a new workout program, or just increasing your activity level, be sure to include a chat with your Primary Care Physician in your preparations.  Not only can they help you come up with a personalized plan, but they can help you recognize potential risks in your medical history and with any medications you may be taking.

Whether we are out having fun in the sun, exercising, or our jobs have us working in it, let's come up with a plan to beat the heat!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Svestka please contact SIMED Primary Care:

Gainesille: (352) 224-2225
Chiefland: (352) 490-5103
Ocala: (352) 401-7575
Lady Lake: (352) 259-2894

Or click on the link to request an appointment online.

SIMED Health Series Coming in September
August 24, 2014
SIMED is pleased to announce the return of our educational Health Series.  Beginning in September, SIMED will host weekly seminars on a variety of topics including back pain, arthritis, stroke and headaches.

These seminars are FREE and open to the public.  Seating is limited, so please call (352) 224-2200 to reserve your space today!

SIMED Health Series
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Are you prepared for the Ragweed Season?
August 18, 2014
SIMED Allergy & Asthma | Ragweed AllergiesFall, the time of year where we get to enjoy our seasonal change is just around the corner. We trade in the sweltering hot, dog days of summer for the cool crisp days of autumn. The leaves change, the days get shorter and the nights get longer. The Fall season brings many changes to not only our weather but to the environment surroundings as well.

At SIMED Allergy & Asthma the Fall season means Ragweed Season for our patients and a significant increase in allergic reactions. Ragweed usually begins in the late part of summer around the Labor Day holiday and it peaks in mid September and last up to November. For some people, pollen is a nuisance, for other it really interferes with daily living such as having a constant runny nose. constant sneezing especially in the morning, itchy eyes wihich you cannot scratch enough. Some may also even develop asthma symptoms.

What could you do if you have Ragweed Allergy?
One possible way is to minimize outdoor activities early in the morning, stay indoors in air-conditioned environment, and wash off quickly when you come indoors. If avoidance is not possible, you may try over the counter antihistamines good for itchy eyes, itchy nose, & sneezing but you need to take them on regular, preventive basis during your individual pollen season which may vary from weeks to months. Steroid nose sprays are one of the best medications available for nasal congestion which used to require a prescription.

If medications do not work or you are not "a


SIMED Patient Portal
June 2, 2014
The SIMED Patient Portal is a unique way for you to view you health information, request appointments, request prescription refills or search for billing information on your patient account all at the click of a button.  The Patient Portal is secure and contains your health information from all of your SIMED doctors. You can even download and print out your health information from the comfort of your own home.

To begin using the Patient Portal you will need to visit your SIMED physician's office and request your PIN#.  PIN numbers are unique and may only be used once to setup your personal portal account.  For security reasons, and to ensure that only you have access to your portal account, PIN numbers may not be given over the phone or via email.

Once you have your PIN# you can click on the
PATIENT PORTAL link here or on the button found on the right hand side of this website to register.

We've put together this brief video to show you some of the things you can do with your new patient portal account.


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