Huckstep Heart and Lung Center -- 573.760.8121

HuckstepBenefits of cardiac or pulmonary (lung) rehabilitation:

  • Improved capacity for work and exercise
  • Improved circulation
  • More efficient and conditioned heart, lungs and other muscles
  • An outlet for tension
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Can help with weight goals with proper diet
  • Improved socialization through activities
  • Enhanced quality of life

Requirements for entry into program:
Heart disease such as heart attack, heart surgery, congestive heart failure, angioplasty or angina

-- or --

Pulmonary (lung) disease such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, restrictive pulmonary disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis, or bronchiectasis

A physician's order is required for participation.

Cardiac program:

  • Telemetry-monitored exercise classes
  • Individualized exercise prescription based upon condition and response to therapy
  • Cardiac education (family members welcome)

Pulmonary program:

  • Breathing retraining, bronchial hygiene, medications and proper nutrition
  • Ongoing assessments of oxygenation, shortness-of-breath and functional capacity
  • Pulmonary education (family members welcome)

Yu and your physician determine the starting date. Most cardiac patients start shortly after their heart attack. Pulmonary patients begin as soon as they are diagnosed with a stable chronic lung disease.


  • Weekly education programs
  • Rehabilitation sessions three times a week

Classes are facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team including: 

  • Nurses
  • Exercise therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pharmacists

Importance of onsite rehabilitation:

  • Patient safety -- Patients are continually monitored by health care professionals
  • Structure -- There is a higher success rate when a patient attends an organized program


  • Medicare and most other insurances cover Huckstep Heart and Lung services

History of Huckstep Heart and Lung
Parkland's Cardiac Rehabilitation opened in 1994. It was created in memory of Dr. Robert Huckstep who had envisioned a center in which heart patients could receive assistance in returning to a normal and active life. In 1994, the vision was expanded to include respiratory rehabilitation services. Soon after, the name was changed to Parkland's Huckstep Center and in 2007, the name was changed to Huckstep Heart and Lung. The center provides cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services to 250 patients annually.