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The global burden of hypertension is rapidly increasing. Hypertension has been reported to be closely associated to oxidative stress. This work assessed the level of the oxidative marker malondialdehyde and that of the antioxidant, ascorbic acid in hypertensive and healthy control subjects. Results indicate significantly higher malondialdehyde and slightly lower ascorbic acid levels in hypertensives compared to healthy subjects. The results indicate higher oxidative stress and lower antioxidative status in hypertensive compared to the normal research subjects.