Frequently Asked Questions

Information About the PPCM-R

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

The investigators of the PPCM-R are available to answer your questions.  If you have any questions, please email the team at

How much time will it take to participate?

The time to complete surveys will vary. Each survey is expected to take between 10 to 20 minutes. Not all surveys need to be completed at the same time and progress can be saved.

How often should I visit PPCM-R to update my information?

We request that you visit the PPCM-R every 3 months. This helps to ensure your contact and health information are current. You may also periodically receive emails requesting you to log in and answer some additional survey questions. 

Will I be paid or compensated for my participation in PPCM-R?

There is no compensation for enrolling in PPCM-R.

How much data do I need to share, and how much is enough?

The more information you can contribute about your history with PPCM, the better!

PPCM- R will continue to evolve as research advances. Additional surveys may be added and existing ones may change based on future need. Some will be shorter because only a few answers are needed; others will be more comprehensive, as needed, for research.

What kinds of information will I be asked to contribute?

  • You may be asked to contribute information about your contact information, previous heart testing, family history, symptoms, disease progression, medical history, and current treatments in surveys.
  • You will also be asked to link and/or upload medical records, clinical notes, imaging, and/or testing reports.

Why do I need to agree to an informed consent statement to participate in PPCM-R?

PPCM-R wants to make sure that you clearly understand how and why your health data is being requested. We also want you to be fully informed about the risks and benefits of participation. The informed consent statement, along with other materials, have been reviewed and approved by Medical College of Wisconsin Institutional Review Board.

If I join PPCM-R, what am I committing to?

Your participation in PPCM-R may include the following:

  1. Creating an account and providing your consent
  2. Completing research surveys
  3. Uploading or linking your electronic health records

Your participation is entirely optional and you may withdraw at any time.

How can I contribute suggestions for improving PPCM-R?

PPCM-R would appreciate your suggestions. A key component of PPCM-R is its community-centric focus, and we strongly encourage participants to provide feedback. Please email your comments, questions, or concerns to

What are the potential risks to participating in PPCM-R?

  • Participation and questionnaires –  It is possible that reviewing health related events and completing surveys may cause emotional distress, embarrassment, or discomfort. These risks are anticipated to be minimal. You may decide to not complete a survey at any time.
  • Confidentiality of data, including personal information – There is a risk of loss of confidentiality. The security and privacy of your personal information and data is an important concern for us. Reasonable efforts will be made to protect you and your health information to the extent possible. The company developing the PPCM- R website and computer systems will take reasonable technical precautions to keep your data secure. Absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
  • Unforeseeable/unknown risks – There may be risks that are unknown at this time. You will be notified of any significant new findings that become known that may affect your willingness to continue in the study.

What are the potential benefits to registering and participating in PPCM-R?

Benefits to registering may include:

  • Participants will be able to compare their survey responses to the aggregated and unidentified survey responses provided by other individuals registered in PPCM-R
  • Educational resources specific to PPCM.
  • Information about PPCM advocacy groups, meetings/conferences.

Why should I participate in PPCM- R?

We need your help to learn more about PPCM

We believe you should register because:

  1. As a survivor of PPCM , you know your disease better than anyone. When you take surveys about your experiences and symptoms and share your medical records, you can help create a key resource for research. Every piece of data expands the information that researchers can draw from.
  2. It’s secure and easy to participate. Registration is simple and completed entirely online. With your informed consent to participate in research, you can contribute health data through surveys and by uploading medical records.  PPCM-R is built to protect your identity and privacy.
  3. Your data can help bring us closer to a cure. PPCM-R data may help research and clinical trial progress more quickly and more efficiently. The data will be a powerful tool for clinical trials, treatments, and improved care.

Who can register for PPCM-R?

The following individuals are eligible to register for PPCM-R:

  • A women with a history of PPCM or in active treatment for PPCM
  • Women over 18 years old
  • Women residing in North American with PPCM treatment in North America 
Medical Records

If I have new medical reports, can I add them to my PPCM-R profile?

Yes, absolutely! We are always happy to receive additional reports.


What are my rights to obtain my medical records from my hospital or medical institution?

In the United States, with limited exceptions, the HIPAA Privacy Rule (the Privacy Rule) provides individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies upon request of the information in their medical and other health records maintained by their health care providers and health plans.
For more information, see:


How do I share my medical records?

There are 2 options to share your medical records. You can share your medical record in one or both ways. Sharing medical records is voluntary.

  1. Upload PDFs. You can upload PDFs (or scans) of any medical records, such as clinical notes, imaging, and/or testing reports. Records are stored on a secure database, and will be available to you at any time by logging into your CFR profile.
  2. Link your electronic health records via application programing interfaces (APIs). You may be able to connect your on-line portal from your care provider or other repository of electronic health information to PPCM-R.
  • Types of information that will be examined in your medical records include but are not limited to patient identifiers, demographics, diagnoses, medications, procedures, outpatient and in-patient visits, laboratory results, vital signs, doctor notes.

PPCM- R will provide helpful instructions to upload and/or link your records.

Why should I submit medical records to PPCM-R?

  • Your medical records include a wealth of data that is relevant to researchers.  Medical records submitted to the PPCM-R can help to better understand the complete natural history of PPCM and lead researchers to answers about PPCM.
  • Uploading or linking your medical records is entirely voluntary and not required to register in PPCM- R.
Privacy and Security

How does PPCM- R protect my privacy and personal health information?

We take your privacy very seriously and have policies and processes in place to safeguard your identity and protect the health information you share with us. Your personally identifying information and personal health information are only shared with your consent. Please review the informed consent document for more information.

How long will the information I share be stored in PPCM- R?

Information you share will be stored in the PPCM- R for as long as the PPCM- R exists and you authorize participation.