It has been revealed that Auckland Mayor Phil Goff suffered a heart attack on the weekend.
The former Labour Party leader told NZME he underwent two surgeries after being rushed to Middlemore Hospital on Saturday morning.
The 64-year-old said one of his arteries was 75 percent blocked and if that happened in another main artery the outcome could have been a different story.
It all began after persisting aches and a bad sleep on a Friday night.
"I knew the family history and what some of the symptoms were and thought it might be a minor thing," he said.
Yet a scan suggested he needed immediate attention and was sent by ambulance to Middlemore where he underwent two angioplasty surgeries.
Mr Goff said the surgeries were a success and was already feeling great on Saturday afternoon.
"I am back to normal and, in fact, will be better than normal in a couple of weeks."
In the interview Goff talked about his family's history of heart disease, a condition which claimed the life of his older brother Warren in 2007 at the age of 58.
"I should go out and buy a Lotto ticket. I was pretty lucky in regards to my brother and, for that matter, Len Brown."
Former Auckland Mayor Len Brown suffered a heart attack in 2008 but returned to work several months later.
Angioplasty surgery aims to widen the narrowed and obstructed arteries or veins so the blood can flow normally again.