Recently I was diagnosed with CHF. My ejection fraction was 35% at the time. Two months ago (I was no longer taking a diuretic.) my lungs had filled with fluid and I could hardly do anything physical. Walking 10 feet was a challenge. The echo cardiogram, among other things, showed that my EF had gotten really low. Since I've been taking a diuretic I feel much better, have more energy and stamina, but breathing is still challenging some days. Even though I've become an expert at diaphramatic breathing and I can slow my breath down and get relaxed, I sometimes feel so sad that I don't feel like I used to. I took advantage of feeling good and just breathing easily. I'd love to read stories about women whose EF has improved and who are feeling better, and to what they attribute their improvement. I have blazing determination to get better. I'm learning patience and courage.