1. Describe the diagnosis of hyponatremia.
Summarize what we know about hyponatremia in COVID-19 patients.
3. Assess the usefulness of conivaptan in treating hyponatremia.
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2. Seven Things To Know About Treating Hyponatremia

Dr. Jill Sellers:
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Dr. Jill Sellers:
Our guest today is Dr. Biff Palmer. Dr. Palmer is a distinguished Teaching Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School, completed a residency in internal medicine and a research fellowship in the Department of Nephrology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and a clinical fellowship in the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial hospital. Dr. Palmer is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. I will provide a link to his full bio in the show notes.
Welcome Dr. Palmer.

Dr. Biff Palmer:
Well, I’m very happy to be here and I thank you for this opportunity.

Dr. Jill Sellers:
Well, I’m glad you could join us today. You and I have actually worked on a previous medical education project for the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Barcelona, Spain. And I’m not sure if you remember, but I remember dining with you at the Etapes Restaurant and learning about your mountain climbing adventures. And for our listeners, Dr. Palmer is a member of the Seven Summits Club and he has a TED talk that I will also link to in the show notes that I highly recommend you watch. It is excellent. And for those of you who may not know what the Seven Summits Club is about, I’ll let Dr. Palmer explain it and how he got into mountain climbing.

Dr. Biff Palmer:
Well, thank you for sharing that experience. The Seven Summits are considered to be the tallest mountains on each of the continents. I was very fortunate to be able to climb these. The way I got interested in it is somewhat unusual. I did not start climbing until I was in my mid-40s. And I just really became kind of fascinated with these documentaries, like on National Geographic or the Discovery Channel about these expeditions. I just thought it would be interesting to try it. And as I really detailed in some of those lectures that you mentioned, like the TED talk, my initial foray was quite disappointing. I tell the story about how I basically tried to get into shape and then ultimately was able to have a successful summit of each of those mountains. I really appreciate you telling the audience about that project.