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A 62-year-old male has been brought by ambulance to the emergency department. The patient is a smoker with a history of uncontrolled hypertension. While doing some outside painting at home, he became light-headed and complained of sharp pains in his chest. In the emergency department, an ECG and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) serial testing are ordered.

There is an abnormal ST elevation seen with ECG.

Baseline cTnI = 0.03 ng/mL
8 Hours cTnI = 0.5 ng/mL
Can this patient be diagnosed with an AMI according to the latest guidelines?

Please select the single best answer